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Weather turns tropical across Siberia as abnormal summer heat roasts six regions

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 June 2016

Temperatures of up to 35C force exodus to river and lake beaches. 

Over the next two days southern Siberia will remain abnormally hot, some 7C higher than average. Picture: @ekaterinarabotaem

The abnormally hot weather has seen temperatures some 8C above average across a vast swathe of southern Siberia. 

On 12 June - Russia Day - new records were set in Novosibirsk (30.4C) and  Tomsk (31.5C), and in Tuva Republic (31.7C).

The Saudi Arabian-like heat wave, still ongoing, has stretched to the east of Krasnoyarsk region, with the highest temperature being 35C.

Over the next two days southern Siberia will remain abnormally hot, some 7C higher than average. 

Polar bear in Novosibirsk zoo


Monkeys in Novosibirsk zoo


Tiger in Novosibirsk zoo

Animals in Novosibirsk zoo try to freshen up somehow. Pictures: Novosibirsk Zoo

The hot June sunshine has led locals to flock to beaches in the regions of Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Altai and Krasnoyarsk, and the Republic of Tuva.

The authorities say the heat wave increases the risk of wildfires, an annual summer problem across Siberia. 

In some areas there is an 'extraordinary' level of fire risk. 

People have been warned against making camp fires, or throwing cigarette butts on the ground. 

Novosibirsk Zoo


Ob sea


Ob sea


Abakan

The hot June sunshine has led locals to flock to beaches in the regions of Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Altai and Krasnoyarsk, and the Republic of Tuva. Pictures: Novosibirsk Zoo, @de574, @puno444ka, @lizagladisheva

The vacation weekend - Monday was a public holiday - saw huge traffic jams as there was an exodus from cities. 

On 11 June, children were evacuated from a holiday camp in the Republic of Buryatia because of a nearby fire.

The blaze was safely extinguished after the children had been moved to capital Ulad-Ude as a precaution. 

Comments (12)

Those pictures are great.
Cody , USA
04/07/2016 05:22
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Benedikt ...... i will happy if they will send some their temperature also in North Italy
Vittorio, Bergamo Italy
18/06/2016 18:35
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Meanwhile, it is elsewhere reported that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a figure not less than 400 ppm across the whole globe, as this level has been now found in Antarctica.
Simon Robinson, Blackburn, England
17/06/2016 14:11
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the warmth may be very enjoyable in that part of the world, as far as the human population is involved. But then again, the heat must be playing "hell" on the permafrost.
bernie, saint louis USA
17/06/2016 08:32
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I really enjoy all the news in The Siberian Times! Interesting great stories and pictures. Well done and may it continue! Best wishes from the high desert.
Ed, Prescott Valley, Arizona
16/06/2016 13:50
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The planet is incinerating and all the white people go to the beach while people of colour in he Middle East hit their Wet Bulb Temperature.
https://kevinhester.live/2016/05/21/wet-bulb-temperature-soon-to-become-the-leading-cause-of-death/
Kevin Hester, Auckland New Zealand
16/06/2016 12:22
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I am hoping that the frozen and/or trapped methane remains deeply buried there.
Vladimir Vargas, Manila, Philippines
16/06/2016 11:34
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I believe the monkey on the left is actually a tourist named Bob.
Bob, Bobshire UK
16/06/2016 02:18
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Laurel, Australia, - last week snow http://siberiantimes.com/ecology/others/news/n0674-global-warming-snow-falls-in-siberia-to-mark-official-start-of-summer/
Ksenia, Omsk
16/06/2016 00:54
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hmm?
so why didnt the snow ice and cold the other week get featured prominently?
in reference
http://iceagenow.info/snow-russia-june-13/#more-18341
Laurel, Australia
15/06/2016 21:37
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Well done Siberian people but be careful with fire, please ! I love the picture with monkey's swimming pool..
Jocelyne, FRANCE
15/06/2016 04:36
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can we please have some of your temperatures and sun here in Moscow,PLEASE!
Benedikt, Moscow
15/06/2016 00:53
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