Liepaja Weather Overview:
Being in the south of Latvia and on the Baltic Sea, Liepaja enjoys a maritime climate with some influence from the continent behind it. In winter it’s warmed by the sea and cooled by winds from the continental south whilst in summer it is bathed in moist westerly winds.
All Time Highs and Lows:
The highest temperature recorded in Liepaja was in 1923 when 34C was reached whilst the lowest temperature seen was in 1946 when the thermometer dropped to -33C.
Under the Koppen classification, Liepaja has a temperate maritime climate but is influenced by the bulk of continental Europe behind it. This means that low winter temperatures associated with a continental climate are moderated by the sea and summer temperatures which would normally be high, are also cooled by the Baltic’s influence.
Spring: Liepaja hardly ever gets hot so there’ll be no surprise that spring is a very cool season. Even in April you can expect temperatures of around 5 or 6C as a high improved only by increasing daily sunshine levels. May will give you temperatures in the high fifties at best so warm clothing is essential.
Summer: If you’re lucky, you might get a day or so in summer when 70f or more is reached although the occasional heatwave spreading out from inland can reach the city giving unusually high temperatures. Daytime sunshine levels are now around ten or eleven meaning that it will at least be bright and sunny although the occasional weather fronts from the Atlantic make it this far bringing downpours on some summer days.
Autumn: Autumn starts well with the warm sea keeping temperatures high but this soon fades as October progresses. Fog banks off the Baltic and drizzly rain are common and into November you’ll find daily temperatures only around 4C with the winter’s snowfall beginning.
Winter: This far north winters should be cold and icy and whilst the temperatures hover around or just below freezing in Liepaja from December through to March, just a few miles inland it’s much colder. Being close to the coast, the warmer sea temperatures encourage thick fog and driving, icy rain is not uncommon either. Sunshine is notoriously rare in these months too.
Best Time of Year to Visit:
Liepaja has numerous beaches nearby but it’s a brave soul that uses them. Most come for the sights and to enjoy Latvian culture and with the weather being pleasant rather than hot, the summer is the ideal time for this.