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.
This part of the Arctic is 20-24°C hotter than average for this time of year.— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) May 19, 2021
Notice how cool most of Europe is compared to normal. pic.twitter.com/bcI6igmga2
A Russian heat wave has broken 140yr temperature records--Moscow hit 87F--& caused forest fires & "hurricane" winds that cut power to 33,000+ homes in Kostroma & Tyumen regions pic.twitter.com/Gc8XKPolPa— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) May 19, 2021
Found your warm air, it is in Russia (30C in Moscow now)! Maps show temperature anomalies. Red is warmer than normal, blue is colder than normal. It is cool over here too, but it will warm up later this week. Not so much in the your area. Sorry. Hope you week is starting great! pic.twitter.com/7N2Uuiv1N8— Rainman (@Rainmanwxx) May 17, 2021
Featured image credit: European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Acquired May 17, 2021.
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