After a week in which Tallinn saw its most frigid daytime high of the season (-14 C on Thursday), some relief is in sight, with temperatures around the country expected to be more bearable in the coming days.
The end of the double-digit negatives, during the day at least, will come on Saturday thanks to a low-pressure system that will also bring plenty of snow, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Institute. Daytime readings are expected to be -8 to -3 C, with moderate winds in most areas and strong winds on the coasts. By night, the mercury should drop to -11 to -5 C.
Sometime overnight, the remaining snow clouds, in this case north Estonia, should clear up, leading to a mostly precipitation-free Sunday. Winds are expected to be moderate. Temperatures are slated to range from -6 to -2 C, with the western islands seeing the warmest conditions. After dark, readings are expected to be -16 to -10 C in most areas of the country, and -8 to -2 C on the islands and in the northwest.
Longer-term forecasts show daytime temperatures staying in similar single-digit ranges through Thursday.
WIth February 10 the day of reckoning on whether the Tartu ski marathon will go ahead later in the month, forecasters are currently bearish on its chances, saying that this weekend's snow will only amount to 1-3 cm in south central Estonia and Monday will bring only a dusting at best. That would be far from the amount needed to allow the race to take place. Thus all bets are being placed on how the next low pressure system, expected around February 8-9, will track, forecaster Taimi Paljak told uudised.err.ee today.