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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Weather Continues to Baffle

Hard on the heels of a record-breaking cold snap, Moscow's fickle weather was again causing problems Monday as the mercury registered near-record warm temperatures.

Daytime temperatures reached 2 degrees Celsius during the daytime Monday, almost 10 degrees above the average for this time of year. The warm weather fell just short of the 1992 record of 4 C, said Tamara Mnatsikanian, chief meteorologist in the federal department of short-term weather forecasting.

The thaw will continue at least until Jan. 10, progressively getting chillier and reaching zero to minus 5 C in the city during the day and minus 4 C to minus 9 C at night, Mnatsikanian said.

The unseasonably warm weather created difficulties in a city used to celebrating Orthodox Christmas against a backdrop of snow.

On Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, an ice sculpture festival turned into a wash-out after the intricate works of art began to melt. On the streets of the capital, pedestrians struggled across treacherous ice.

"I've gotten used to it," said Igor Fedisov, a store clerk who sprained his ankle two years ago when he slipped on ice. "This year, I switched to the winter walk: a mixture of sliding and crawling."