There’s no point in sugar-coating it. Weather-wise, this summer has been a complete disappointment. Some Latvians may appreciate the fact that they haven’t had to sweat in the past months, but we at Riga In Your Pocket were hoping for at least a taste of that heat that oppressed much of Europe in July. While people in Poland melted in the streets, locals here searched their cupboards for sweaters and rain gear. Thankfully, the heat has finally arrived, so if you're wondering why Riga is so empty, it's because any local who can ditch work is already lying on a beach somewhere and so can you. Take a look at our feature on beaches in and around Riga and soak up some sun before it's too late. You could also try one of Andrejsala’s trendy eateries by the water or take a trip to the seaside towns of Liepāja or Jūrmala.