In summer, we know of images of people suffocating in heat and throwing themselves into streams, ponds, fountains and trying to cool off, even in the heart of the city. However, Russia, one of the countries with the coldest regions in the world, is not one of those places.
However, the climate crisis and global warming that affected the whole world also affected Russia and revealed unusual images in the capital Moscow. Because Russia has been in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave in recent days.
Moscow had the hottest June day in 120 years, and the capital broke the temperature record with 34.7 creeks. The Russians, who were not used to such temperatures, tried to cool off by jumping into the pools and fountains in the city center.
While the Russian meteorological agency Roshydromet attributes the heatwave to global warming, it predicts that the record will be broken in the coming days. “The rise in temperatures recorded in Moscow these days is unprecedented for 120 years. This is due to global climate change,” said Marina Makarova, head of Roshydromet.
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The institution, which has been recording the country’s temperatures since 1881, warned that temperatures could exceed 35 degrees tomorrow and Friday.
Last Monday was the hottest June day in Moscow, the Russian capital, since 1901. The city’s thermometers read 34.7 degrees.
The highest temperature on record in Moscow was measured in July 2010, with thermometers measuring over 38 degrees Celsius. With this record 11 years ago, the heatwave that hit the whole country caused major fires as well as health problems in the country.
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The second largest city in the country, St. Petersburg, is also getting its share of the heatwave. It was announced that the temperature in St. Petersburg had reached 34 degrees, which was the highest June temperature observed since 1998.