Russian Rainfall to Ease, Improving Crop Outlook, Service Says

Rainfall that hampered harvesting and winter sowing in Russia’s Volga federal district the last two months will ease, improving conditions for crops this month, the Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring forecast.

Soil saturation may be reduced on lighter precipitation and temperatures that will be close to or below the monthly average in November in Volga, as well as the Southern and North Caucasus districts, parts of which also experienced heavy rains last month, the service, also known as Roshydromet, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

Rainfall will be as much as 35 percent less than the monthly norm in Volga, 25 percent less in the Southern district and 15 percent less in North Caucasus, it said.

Temperatures will be above average in November and vary between minus 0.4 degrees Celsius (31.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and minus 5.5 degrees in Volga, Roshydromet said. Temperatures will be as much as 0.3 degrees Celsius below the average and range between 1 and 7.7 degrees Celsius in the Southern and North- Caucasus districts, according to the forecast.

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