Muscovites should break out the sweaters and jackets for the next few days. This week’s temperatures are predicted to beat long-standing records for cold at this time of year by 5-6 degrees, head of meteorological agency Gidrometcentr Roman Wilfand told news agency Interfax.
The early fall weather is due to cold winds coming off the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea, according to meteorologists, who predict that temperatures this week won’t rise above 15-17 degrees Celsius.
However, residents of the Russian capital, who have already suffered through a rather cold summer, may get a respite before fall truly sets in. Forecasts show temperatures turning warmer towards the end of the week as clouds slowly disappear by Friday.
Weather forecaster Gismeteo promises a nice weekend with temperatures in the comfortable 20-25 degree range.