Mercury soars to record high in Russia
Temperatures on Thursday soared to 38.2 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Russian capital, the highest since records began more than 150 years ago, the Moscow Weather Office said.
Moscow has been in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave since the start of the month.
The second highest temperature ever recorded was registered on Monday when the mercury hit 37.2 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit), easily beating the previous record of 36.8 degrees from July 1920.
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