PSKOV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – People are seeking lakes to cool off from a heat wave that has swept across western Russia, pushing temperatures in Moscow to record highs.
Daytime temperatures in the capital are expected to reach between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius in the coming days, and in three days this week they could surpass record highs held since 1936, 1951 and 2010, the RIA news agency reported.
In Pskov, a western Russian town near the Estonian border, a lakeside beach was packed with families fleeing the oppressive heat over the weekend.
“People are suffering, really suffering! They wait until night for the end of the working day and then go straight to the lake,” said Iskak, a resident who declined to give his last name.
Last month, the air temperature in Moscow reached 34.8°C, the warmest on June in 142 years of monitoring, city climate officials said, as quoted by the Interfax news agency.
This Monday, the Moscow temperature reached 31ºC. A polar bear dozed off in the shade at the zoo, and gardeners lamented seeing withered plants in the capital’s botanical gardens.
Pavel Konstantinov, a meteorologist at Moscow State University, said the heat wave was caused by “a blocking anticyclone” from Scandinavia.
“The increasing frequency of dangerous weather events, and in particular heat waves, inevitably accompanies global warming,” he told Reuters.
(By Dmitry Turlyun)
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