- Title: RUSSIA: MUSCOVITES TRAPPED IN SMOG-CLOGGED CITY FLOCK TO BEACHES DURING HEATWAVE
- Date: 18th July 2001
- Summary: (U7) MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 18, 2001) (REUTERS) ( GOOD SCENES) PEOPLE ON THE BEACH BY RIVER/ BOAT SAILING PAST WOMAN LYING IN THE SUN UNDER PARASOL PEOPLE DRINKING WATER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SWIMMING/ PADDLING IN RIVER WIDE OF RIVER/ LAKE WITH BLOCKS OF HIGH RISE APARTMENTS IN THE DISTANCE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LYING ON RIVER BANK SUN BATHING OLDER WOMAN IN BIKINI PEOPLE WALKING IN PARK GIRAFFE AT THE ZOO PEOPLE WATCHING ANIMALS WOMAN SPRAYING CHILDREN WITH WATER FROM HOSE BROWN BEAR IN THE WATER CHILDREN WATCHING TWO POLAR BEAR CUBS SWIMMING IN POND POLAR BEAR WATCHING HER CUBS POLAR CUB DIVING INTO WATER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE DRINKING WATER (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VOX POP, IGOR SAYING: "Well, of course, it's very hot in Moscow, and it's tough. All we do is drink water the whole day, everyone. And we feel sorry for the animals. Most of them are hidden inside or in the shade" PEOPLE IN THE STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VOX POP, SERGEY SAYING: "All the heat comes from the asphalt. I suppose it will get cooler in the next few days." WOMAN IN UNDERWEAR / BIKINI PROMENADING ALONG STREET
- Embargoed: 2nd August 2001 13:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA30AODPXU31ZEULDJUYCUQWUQF
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- Story Text: Muscovites trapped in the smog-clogged city are flocking to the beach for a cool dip as they sweat out the hottest summer the capital has seen in five years.
The temperature reached 32 degrees Celsius on Wednesday (July 18), the highest since July 1996.
According to the Federal weather service no relief is in sight for the next four to five days with temperatures forecast to peak at 34 degrees (Celsius) on Friday and sink below 30 at the start of the next week.
The temperature is four degrees from the all-time high of
5 registered in 1938.
Many Muscovites with country houses have long fled the city. Those who have stayed are turning to beaches in the city or any water they can find.
"Well , of course, it's very hot in Moscow, and it's tough. All we do is drink water the whole day, everyone." said Igor who had just visited the Zoo with his five-year-old son.
Surprisingly the current heat wave may be having a worse affect on humans than on animals - even those that never see such temperatures in their natural environment.
Most animals in Moscow Zoo seem to easily adjust to high temperatures. Polar bears residing at the Zoo even enjoy lying in the sun.
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