2019.05.21 14:33

Heatwave breaks records in parts of Lithuania

BNS 2019.05.21 14:33

New heat records were registered in parts of Lithuania on Monday and more hot weather is in store for the next few days.

“Yesterday, record temperatures were registered in Biržai, Dotnuva, Klaipėda, Laukuva, Raseiniai, Šiauliai, Telšiai, Ukmergė and Utena. Temperatures hit 27-29 degrees Celsius, a record high for May 20 in most of Lithuania,” Margarita Kirkliauskaitė of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service told BNS.

However, Monday's temperatures fell short of breaking Lithuania's absolute heat record for May 20, which was set at 29.4 degrees in Lazdijai in 1937.

Weather forecasters will not be able to say if temperatures will hit new record highs on Tuesday until final data from monitoring stations come in after 21:00, according to Kirkliauskaitė.

The hottest weather for May 21 was registered in many districts across the country in 1993 and 2013. Temperatures then reached 27-30 degrees.

“If we don't break the record today, we'll be very close,” Kirkliauskaitė said.

She forecasts temperatures to stay at 24-28 degrees in most of the country through Thursday before giving way to a cooler period with more rain on Friday.