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Summer’s first half was 0.3 degrees cooler than usual in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the first half of calendar summer, average air temperature in Latvia was 15.1° C, which is 0.3° C lower than usual for the country.

Summer began with relatively cool weather: in every ten-day period of June some meteorological observation stations recorded records of minimum air temperature values. No maximum air temperature records were noted in Latvia at all.

At the beginning of July, following the inflow of warm masses of air into Latvia, air temperature increased considerably. Throughout 3 – 5 July, multiple meteorological observation stations noted records of maximum air temperature values. In spite of the multiple number of air temperature records, warmth in Latvia did not last: air temperature dropped below the norm starting with 9 July, according to information from Latvian State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

There was very little precipitation in June – average volume of precipitation was 49% of the norm. There was also little precipitation in the first days of July. However, from 6 July onward weather in Latvia was dictated by a cyclone. This allowed precipitation levels return to normal. This year’s summer has yet to have any strong thunderstorms. Nevertheless, there have been thunderstorms in many parts of Latvia.

Compared with other seasons, wind speed usually declines during summer. This year’s summer is notable of having some of the slowest winds recorded in Latvia – average wind speed was 2.6 m/sec in June. On some days, wind speed reached 15-19 m/sec. Current average wind speed in Latvia is 2.6 m/sec.

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