Temperatures Set to Plummet in Moscow, Forecasters Say

Fragments of a decorated Christmas tree are seen near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour as it snows in central Moscow on Jan. 11, 2015.

The mild weather that Muscovites have enjoyed over the past few days will give way to blistering nighttime temperatures that are expected to slide below minus 15 degrees Celsius by mid-week, weather forecasters said Monday.

The predicted high of minus 2 C in Moscow on Monday is 5 C higher than the average temperature for January and nearly 10 C higher than the average temperature recorded on Jan. 18, according to the weather bureau.

But daytime temperatures are expected to drop to about minus 4 C on Tuesday and minus 9 C on Wednesday, bringing the temperatures much closer to seasonal norms.

Nighttime temperatures in the capital and the Moscow region will drop to minus 14 C on Tuesday night, before descending to minus 17 C on Wednesday night, the Interfax news agency cited the regional weather bureau as saying.

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