Apart from a dusting of snow in the interior last month, Estonia has been spared the onset of winter weather that typically hits around this time of year. The coming few days will be no picnic, though, as strong winds and more rain are forecast.
A short-lived period of drier, calmer skies is expected to begin Friday night, when overnight temperatures should range from 0 to 6 C. But starting around noon on Saturday a new system moving in from Denmark will bring warmer, wetter air. The rain is likely to start in the southwest and quickly spread to the rest of the country. Winds around the Gulf of Riga are expected to reach 40 to 60 kph, with gusts up to 70 kph. Temperatures during the day are slated to be 6 to 9 C.
As temperatures drop to 3 to 6 C in the early hours of Sunday, the rain could be mixed with sleet. Coastal gusts might once again top 70 kph, with inland wind speeds closer to 50 kph. As the day goes on, there should be less rain and the winds should become slightly calmer. Daytime temperatures are expected to reach a similar 6 to 8 C.
The early part of next week may see some true negative temperature readings, but there is still no snow in the long-term forecast.