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Russian Weather Center Forecasts Volga Heat, Siberian Showers

Russia’s state weather center forecast “abnormal heat” in the Volga and Central federal districts this week and showers in parts of the Siberian and Southern federal districts.

Temperatures will reach 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Volga area in August’s first two days, 5 to 7 degrees Celsius above normal, the center said on its website today. It predicted a similar deviation from the norm as high as 32 degrees Celsius in the Central Federal District from today through Aug. 4.

Heavy rains will cover the Southern district’s Krasnodar region as well as leading Siberian grain-producing areas today and tomorrow, the center said.

The Volga district accounted for 23 percent of last year’s national grain crop with a harvest of 21.2 million metric tons, according to government statistics. The Central district had an 18 percent share after harvesting about 17 million tons. The Southern and Siberian districts contributed 22.7 million and 14.6 million tons respectively, or 24 percent and 16 percent of the national crop.

Russia has experienced a drought across grain-growing areas from the south to Siberia since May, and 16 of the country’s regions have been affected by heat. The Agriculture Ministry expects this year’s cereal crop to come in at 80 million to 85 million tons, down from 94.2 million tons last year.

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