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December 3, 2009 – Original Source: ABC News, Australia

There is no dreaming of a white Christmas in Russia’s capital yet, as record temperatures in Moscow ward off any sign of snow.

The calendar may show winter has arrived, but the thermometer in Moscow indicates otherwise.

The city’s weather has been melting records, with a maximum temperature on Wednesday afternoon of 8.5 degrees Celsius. That’s 1.4C higher than the previous record set in 1898.

And there may be more record highs on the way.

Alexey Lyakhov, the director of the city’s weather bureau, has told the ABC the temperature could reach 9C on Thursday.

Usually at this time of the year, he says, the average is -6.1C.

Alexey Lyakhov forecasts that chillier weather – and maybe some snow – will hit Moscow in a couple of days.


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