Moscow swelters through record May heat, Russia


Russian capital Moscow has smashed heat temperature records over 100 years old for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The city saw 29.2 C (84.6 °F), beating the previous record set in 1897.

Tuesday's record temperature came one day after temperatures broke the May 17 record, with 30.4 °C (85.7 °F) beating the past record of 30 °C (86 °F) set in 1897.

The rest of European Russia also set dozens of heat records, with temperatures averaging 7 to 14 °C (12.6 to 25.5 °F) higher than the usual, while abnormal heat lingered in the Urals and the Volga regions for about a week.

On Wednesday, May 19, temperatures reached more than 30 ºC (86 ºF) in the Arctic Circle, with the western Russian Arctic now 20 to 24 ºC (36 to 43.2 ºF) hotter than normal for this time of May.

Further east, in Salekhard, meteorologists forecast the heat to climb to 26 °C (78.8 °F) by Friday, May 21.

Featured image credit: European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Acquired May 17, 2021.


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