More temperature records broken in Russia

Wednesday 17th Nov 2010 by theWeather Club

Having already sweltered through a prolonged heatwave earlier this year, accompanied by wide ranging forest fires, blankets of thick smog and a devastating crop failure, Russia is now experiencing an unusually warm November. Moscow has already seen several temperature records broken. The temperature in the Russian capital hit a remarkably balmy 12.3°C on Monday, breaking the previous November record of 11.7°C set way back in 1923. Temperatures have generally hovered around 11°C, a whopping 10°C above normal for this time of the year. This is due to warm air moving north from southern parts of Europe. The average temperature for November is just 1.1°C.

While some Muscovites might be enjoying the delay of the winter ice, and while the temperatures are actually rather pleasant compared to the blast furnace of a summer, not everyone will be so happy. The high temperatures have caused problems for wildlife, according to ecologists. Hedgehogs and badgers have been unable to go into hibernation, while some species of red squirrel have not changed into their white winter coats. Colder weather has been forecast for the end of the week, but there will be a return to the warmer temperatures for the weekend.