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Russia’s Weather Seen by Forecaster as Close to Average in July

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Russia’s weather conditions will be close to average during July, the Federal Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Service said.

Temperatures will be about 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average next month in the regions which grow the most grain, the service said in an e-mailed statement today.

The average temperature will be about 24 degrees Celsius in Rostov and Krasnodar, in the Southern federal district, and above 22 degrees Celsius in Stavropol, in the North-Caucasus federal district, in July. Rainfall for the month is expected to be 10 percent to 15 percent below average in these areas.

Rostov, Krasnodar and Stavropol harvested 29 percent of Russia’s grain crops, or 27.3 million metric tons, in 2011, making them the country’s biggest growing regions, according to state statistics data.

Precipitation will be 10 percent to 30 percent below average across regions in the Siberian federal district, the service said. Almost 16 percent of the national crop, or 14.6 million tons, was grown in the area last year, state statistics data show.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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