‘Brutal’ freezing November temperatures spread across northeast Russia


An intense Arctic outbreak has developed over Russia, resulting in below-freezing temperatures in mid and late November, with Verhojansk station reporting a numbing -54 °C (-65.2 °F) on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Although such temperatures are nothing new in the region, hitting below -50 °C (-58 °F) by the end of November is considered extreme, especially since it was only -35 °C (-31 °F) last week, said Severe Weather Europe.


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SWE added that the pattern supporting such evolution is "led by disturbance of the polar circulation, allowing outbreaks of frigid cold airmass to spread south into Russia."

As it happened this period, extremely cold airmass spread into portions of north and northeast Russia. Most places are experiencing below normal temperatures as 850 hPa temperatures are below -30 °C (-22 °F), supporting daytime maximum values not greater than -25 °C (-13 °F) and mornings below -50 °C (-58 °F).


Image credit: wetterzentrale.de


Image credit: wetterzentrale.de

The frigid conditions are ongoing for a few days already. The past three days were intense that some weather stations reported morning temperatures below -50 °C (-58 °F) threshold.

Freezing cold weather will continue this week, according to Severe Weather Europe.

Featured image credit: Earth.Nullschool.Net. Acquired November 26, 2019.


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