Russia using FAKE snow on Moscow streets as it records warmest winter on record – The Sun

MOSCOW has been so warm this winter worried city chiefs have been bringing in piles of artificial snow to the city to keep people happy. 

Usually at this time of year, the Russian capital is blanketed in snow, but temperatures in the last week have been breaking records, with temperatures on Christmas Eve climbing to 6.2C (43.2F).



Normally the December average in Moscow is about -6C (21F) and snowfall has transformed the city into a winter wonderland.

But pictures over the festive period reveal revellers celebrating Christmas in an unseasonable bare tarmac.

One Instagram user posted a picture of a meagre mound of slush near the Kremlin, captioning it: "This is all the snow there is in Moscow. 

"It’s being guarded in Red Square."

Authorities said the snow was made by shredding old ice from an skating rink. 

One official told a local radio station: "The machines are cutting snow anyway and some remains.

"It is usually melted down, but in this case we have used it again."

PUTIN: 'CLIMATE CHANGE NOT TO BLAME'

But despite the freakish winter, Russian leader Vladimir Putin denies his country is suffering the effects of climate change. 

Speaking at the end-of-year press conference, Putin said: "We know that in the history of the Earth there have been periods of warming and cooling, and this might depend on the global processes in the universe.

"We know that in the history of the Earth there have been periods of warming and cooling, and this might depend on the global processes in the universe."

Northern Europe is currently experiencing warmer than usual temperatures.

The UK’s MET Office forecasts show winter in Britain could be the warmest for 109 years.

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Ice rinks are threatening to melt as Saharan air makes 16C (61F) midwinter Scotland hotter than Malibu.

A 1,000-mile wide "tropical plume heat bubble" from Africa saw 15-16 C highs, 9C above average, due in Scotland today, warmer than 15C Malibu, California, and 12C Malta.

Ice rinks sometimes melt in 15C air temperatures.

Bosses of rinks are understood to be chilling ice as cold as -12C, which is 5C colder than the usual -7C, to reduce worries of slush.

 

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