28 July 2011, 16:30

The heat in Russia remains high

The heat in Russia remains high

Experts warn that the sweltering heat in Central Russia could lead to various emergency situations. For one month now, the thermometer has remained at plus 30 degrees Celsius. Officials of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry predict that forest fires could break out in a number of regions due to smoldering turfs.

Experts warn that the sweltering heat in Central Russia could lead to various emergency situations.

For one month now, the thermometer has remained at plus 30 degrees Celsius. Officials of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry predict that forest fires could break out in a number of regions due to smoldering turfs. The population is consoled by the assurance that last year’s hellish heat wave will not be repeated, and that the area in Central Russia where fires have broken out is 12 times smaller, compared to 2010. But the situation remains critical, says Gennady Eliseyev of the Russian Hydrological Center, speaking in an interview for VOR.

“The danger of fire outbreaks remains in Archangelsk, the republics of Komi, Karelia and Siberia, because they are extremely dry. The temperature is high in the Far East as well. The number of fires is larger than that of last year, but the areas affected are smaller”, said Eliseyev.

Apart from fires, the excessive heat can lead to a higher death rate among people who are susceptible to meteorological fluctuations, the malfunctioning of electricity sub-stations and a disruption of public transport service. Some experts attribute this to global warming, while the faithful believe that it is the coming of the Armageddon- the end of the world. After all, unusual natural phenomena have been observed in different parts of the planet. The glacier in the Kronostsky Nature Reserve in Kamchatka is melting, which  could change the climate on the peninsula. For the first time in 30 years, ice was formed on the road along the coast of the Indian Ocean in South Africa. In Iran, the thermometer reads plus 50 degree Celsius. More than 60 people have died in 15 States in the U.S from the sweltering heat. Heavy rains, accompanied by howling winds have lashed 9 regions in Ukraine, cutting off power supply to more than 300 settlements. Leonid Starkov is sceptical of doomsday prophets’ predictions, saying that weather cataclysms have happened before and will occur in the future. “When it is extremely hot somewhere in the world, a neighbouring region can be unusually cold. It is quite normal”, he declared.

The heat in Russia has nothing to do with the melting of the glacier in Kamchatka or the unusually cold weather in South Africa. It is connected to the blocking  anti-cyclone and the spreading of the heat wave from Inner Asia. If we turn away from Russia and look at the West and East, we  will see that the summer in those places is rather cold, especially in Central Europe, in  the  Czech Republic, where the temperature stayed at zero degrees for ten days, and in some places was even below freezing. In large areas of Siberia,  temperatures 5 to 7 degrees below the norm are not unusual.  

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