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Heat Spurs Record-Breaking Weather in Moscow

A heat wave that hit Moscow on Wednesday broke a 117-year-old weather record, forecasters said.

Temperatures in the capital reached 28.6 degrees Celsius by 1 p.m. and broke the city's record temperature for June 4, Russia's meteorological center said on its website. On this day in 1897, Moscow recorded a temperature of 27.9 degrees C.

The meteorological center earlier said that temperatures could reach between 28 and 30 degrees C.

Muscovites will have the opportunity to bask in the sun for the rest of the week, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 31 degrees C on Friday and Saturday, the weather agency said Wednesday on its website. The record for June 5 is 30.4 degrees C, set in 1988.

Local authorities announced earlier this week a plan to distribute bottled water to commuters at several of the city's metro stations if temperatures exceed 28 degrees C.

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