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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow's Weather Stays Mild Despite Record Lows in North

Some of Russia's arctic regions have been gripped this week by the coldest temperatures this century, but the deep chill in the north is not expected to reach the capital, the Federal Meteorological Service said.

"We don't expect a spell of extremely cold weather in Moscow anytime soon," Alexander Vasilyev, director of the weather service, said Friday. "Both day and night temperatures next week are likely to be higher than average."

Temperatures in Moscow have hovered around freezing in recent days and the forecast calls for a gradual drop in coming days.

In St. Petersburg, however, the temperature was minus 20 degrees Celsius on Friday, Vasilyev said.

Farther north, in some parts of the Kola Peninsula near Russia's border with Norway, such as the Khanty-Mansiisk area, the mercury has fallen at night to almost minus 56 C in one village this week - the lowest in more than 100 years.

In the Komi region it reached minus 53 C in some places, the lowest since 1936. The temperature there was about 23 degrees below the average for the last 10 days of January.

The deep chill is also unusually long.

"It's one thing to cope for a day when it's minus 50 outside, but it's a different thing altogether to spend several days in a row like that," a meteorologist said.

The meteorologist said a front was gradually bringing warmer weather and that temperatures were expected to rise.

Itar-Tass said temperatures below minus 40 C in the Arctic port of Arkhangelsk had paralyzed drawbridges over the North Dvina River and were preventing some ships from getting in and out.

In Moscow, the forecast called for temperatures to be from zero to minus 3 C during the day Saturday and to drop to minus 5 C on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, the temperature was expected to be 1 to 3 degrees lower.