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MOSCOW, February 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Men’s biathlon 15km mass start race that has been postponed till Monday because of thick fog in the vicinity of the Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex might be further postponed, since weather forecasts are not very much optimistic, chief meteorologist at the Olympic Winter Games in Sichi Valery Lukyanov told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
The race was initially planned to start at 19:00 Moscow time on Sunday but was first postponed till 20:00, and later - till 10:00 Moscow time on Monday.
“It is difficult to be one hundred percent sure about the weather in the morning,” he said. “We expect rain in the night, so air humidity will only go up. Moreover, the fog is unlikely to thin. According to the latest weather forecasts, the weather improved after noon. It is not ruled out that visibility will not be better by ten in the morning and the race will be postponed to a later hour. Now, the visibility is less than 100 metres. Obviously, it is impossible to do shooting in such conditions - targets are not simply seen. It is much better when visibility is at least 500 metres. Updated weather forecasts will be issued at six in the morning.”
“This is not quite fog as a matter of fact,” he noted. “It is rather a low cloud cover, just above the surface. Notably, higher in the mountains the sky is almost cloudless.”
“The weather has been quite favourbale throughout the Olympic Games. I spoke with my colleague Chris Doyle, who was chief meteorologists at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. He said that the weather situation at those Games has been much worse.