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Record Heat In Moscow – for Aug. 2, 2010

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Moscow sweltered last Monday through its hottest day since records began 130 years ago, as temperatures hit 37.4 C, sparking peat fires that blanketed the city in smog. A heat wave has engulfed central parts of European Russia, and Siberia since June, destroying crops covering an area the size of Portugal. The Agriculture Ministry said that by July 22 drought had killed crops over 100,000 square kilometres (38,600 square miles), an area larger than Portugal.

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