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Record high temperatures return to Russia

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Not for the first time this year, a number of Russian regions are experiencing record high temperatures, with the mercury rising to up to 14.5 degrees Celsius (58.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in Moscow on Thursday, the Meteonovosti weather portal said.

Not for the first time this year, a number of Russian regions are experiencing record high temperatures, with the mercury rising to up to 14.5 degrees Celsius (58.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in Moscow on Thursday, the Meteonovosti weather portal said.

The first weather records since the start of this fall were registered on Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures in the capital rose to 11.9 degrees Celsius (53.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and 13 degrees Celsius (55.4 degrees Fahrenheit) respectively.

"A third temperature record was recorded on Thursday. At night, the temperature [in Moscow] was almost two degrees higher that the previous absolute maximum of 12.6 degrees Celsius (54.7 degrees Fahrenheit) registered in 1927," the statement said.

Average temperatures have exceeded the norm by 9-11 degrees Celsius (17-21 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past three days as a result of warm air masses from western Europe, the statement said.

The weather in Russia will remain abnormally warm for at least the next five days, said the head of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center, adding that the record temperatures have also been recorded in Siberia and a number of other Russian regions.

A record-breaking heat wave gripped Central Russia for much of the summer, sparking large-scale wildfires across the country and causing the worst drought in more than a century. The fires killed several dozen people and left over 3,500 homeless.

MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti)