Ex-Russian MP’s suspected assassin’s ‘double’ pops up in UkraineWorld March 24, 16:59
Photos of the week: Putin at the theater, Trump behind the wheel and Erdogan playing ballSociety & Culture March 24, 16:39
Legendary Soviet test pilot Mikoyan passes away at 94Military & Defense March 24, 16:22
Russian Aerospace Force received 16 Su-34 fighter bombers in 2016Military & Defense March 24, 16:06
Russian diplomat notes ultimatums cause Syrian opposition to suffer defeatsRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 24, 15:46
Putin and Le Pen did not talk about National Front's financing — KremlinRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 24, 15:07
Kremlin expects ex-Duma member’s murder to be investigated thoroughlyRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 24, 15:05
Putin backs Russian Central Bank's key rate cut and regulator’s strategyBusiness & Economy March 24, 14:45
Vatican museums make exception for Tretyakov Gallery exhibitionSociety & Culture March 24, 14:41
MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Unusually warm temperatures have changed winter life in Russia's capital: the abnormal spell of warm weather due to Atlantic cyclones blocks the start of the ski season and postpones flooding of the city rinks with water.
As in spring, willows have started blossoming in some Moscow districts and the snow has fully disappeared from city roads being cleaned after the thaw.
The main Christmas attraction - a 7-metre high,100-metre long ice slide - has melted in central Moscow just four days after having been opened, the mayor’s office said.
A note at the entrance to the slide reads that "due to the warm weather the attraction is closed and it is unsafe to climb up there." The ice clock installed nearby is also melting.
But nature awakening has not disturbed hibernating bears at Moscow city zoo. "They have the deepest sleep and they will hibernate for around 1.5 months and will not get out of their warm lairs in the enclosures," keepers reported.
Warm weather has already beaten two temperature records and new records are expected this week. Russia’s meteorologists say the temperature in Moscow on Tuesday will be reach 5-7 degrees Celsius above zero (41-44 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with around 9 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The record high temperature for December 22 was seen in 1936 - 4.4 degrees Celsius.