This Week's Weather: Dry 'Fifth Season,' Spring Takes Week Off

A man takes a picture of cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo today. Many people enjoy viewing the blossoms all over Japan during this season. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)
3/31/2014 2:31 PM
Category: Environment

This weekend's warmer temperatures might have given us a taste of what is right around the corner, but spring in Estonia is not ready to settle in yet, with sleet and snow a lingering possibility until at least Thursday.

Today's high temperatures might reach around 5 C, especially in the interior of the country, but sleet and snow becomes a possibility late in the day, especially in the eastern half.

Tuesday's forecast is for scattered clouds with a high temperature around freezing, with northwest winds 4-20 kph.

Wednesday will have a high temperature around 6 C and slightly or partly cloudy skies and increasing winds. There is a slight chance that night of sleet or snow in the interior, with rain possible on the coast. west wind of 10-32 kph and gusts in the evening up to 45 kph.

Thursday will hover around +2, with sleet and snow possible. Winds are predicted to be out of the southwest at 15-36 kph.

The spring flooding - "fifth season" - in this snow-poor year appears to be over, with rivers in the southwestern Soomaa National Park dropping 10-15 cm each day from a peak reached late last week.

The high water mark set one of the lower marks on record, based on Meteorology and Hydrology Institute data.  The peak on the Halliste River was reached on March 26-27, and was only 160 cm. The water level exceeded 400 cm in each of the past four years - considered a good result by canoeing enthusiasts who delight in exploring in exploring square kilometers of flooded territory in watery years.

 


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