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Moscow Breaks Heat Record as Wildfire Smoke Lingers

Moscow set a heat record for the second time in a week as the Russian capital remained wrapped in smoke from wildfires on dry peat bogs east of the city.

The temperature in Moscow reached 37.8 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) at 4 p.m. today, exceeding the record of 37.5 degrees set on July 26, Irina Smetanina, spokeswoman for Gidromettsentr, the state weather service, said by telephone. The July 26 reading was the hottest since records began 130 years ago.