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Heatwave in Moscow region to slacken somewhat over weekend

June 27, 2013, 18:14 UTC+3

The temperature readings will remain way above the averaged climatic norm

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MOSCOW, June 27 (Itar-Tass) - Weather forecaster predict a slight and short relief for the Moscow City and Moscow region over the weekend compared with the workdays of the elapsing week but still they say the temperature readings will remain way above the averaged climatic norm.

As for Thursday, June 27, the weather is set to break a temperature record that was last set on this day back in the times of Imperial Russia in 1911 and stood at 31.4 C. The Russian Federal Hydrometeorology Center said Moscow region was likely to the see the heat climb to 34 C.

Friday will most likely evidence the temperatures in the range of 28 C to 33 C, which is also close to the current record reading of 32.8 C registered in 1952. The air will not cool off below 20 C to 22 C even after dusk, although some districts of the region may enjoy a more relaxing 18 C.

Intensive heating of the masses of air triggers a mechanism of convection that generates thunderstorm clouds with brief showers that are accompanied by the fallout of hail and gusts of wind in some areas.

Beginning with Saturday the blocking anticyclone will start drifting northwards and the heat will get milder by about 3 C. The most likely nighttime readings will vary from 18 C to 20 C and may descend to 16 C in some places.

The daytime temperatures will remain high, however, and will fluctuate in the 28 C to 33 C range. Brief showers and thunderstorms are not ruled out.

The Muscovites and visitors who find this seaside-like heat to be unbearable are looking forward to a more soothing weather situation that is expected to take shape at the beginning of next week /the visitors are welcome to recall that the first day of the week is Monday in the Russian system of measuring time/, with the air temperature going down to 25 C to 30 C during the daytime and 15 C to 20 C after dusk.

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