Parts of Moscow region embrace coldest night in 60 years

11:30, February 19, 2011      

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Anti-cyclone pumping Arctic air into the lower latitudes not only brought the cloudless sky, but also the record frost into the Central Russia with a significant temperature drop to minus 33 degrees Centigrade on Wednesday night, according to the Moscow weather bureau.

The forecast said within the Moscow region, the epicenter of the cold was Klin, where the temperature may reach minus 33.4 degrees Centigrade, a record low for Klin in the past 60 years.

The forecast also noted that the temperature may fall to minus 26 degrees Centigrade in Moscow overnight.

Russia's Meteorological Agency said Friday's temperature was nearly 15 degrees below the average of February.

Saturday is expected to be the turning point in the recent extreme weather. Starting from the weekend, temperatures will start slowly to rise in Moscow and its surrounding regions, the agency said.

Russia has faced periods of alternating extreme weather conditions since last summer in 2010, when the historically high temperatures have scorched the country for about two months, causing severe drought and wildfires.

Experts said the weather becomes more extreme due to global climate change as well as the Solar multi-year circular activity.

Source: Xinhua
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