Moscow hit by highest temperature on record: official

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The Russian capital Moscow on Monday recorded its highest temperature since records began amid a sizzling heatwave that shows little sign of ending, officials said.

The mercury rose to 37.2 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) by 1200 GMT, easily beating the previous record of 36.8 degrees from July, 1920, the Moscow Weather Office told Russian news agencies.

Records started being kept 130 years ago, the Interfax news agency said.

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