NEWSWATCH AP: “Winter heat wave, of a sort, envelops usually frigid Moscow”
It’s usually the cold that’s bitter in Moscow in December, but this year it’s the humor that bites during an unusual warm spell. … temperatures climbed as high as 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) … a joke began circulating … This was nature’s compensation for Russians being unable to take vacations in Egypt and Turkey ….
The weather is blamed on cyclones in the Atlantic, spreading warmth and rain over most of western Russia. … 7 C isn’t a heat wave by most standards, [yet] it’s an unsettling change for a city where temperatures average minus 6 C (21 F) in December – and it has broken records set in 1936.
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