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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

New Heat Record Set

Moscow experienced its hottest May 31 in recorded history Thursday as the temperatures reached 31 degrees Celsius, Interfax reported, citing the city's weather bureau.

The previous record for May 31 was in 1889. Daily temperature records were broken six times in May. Daily high temperatures are forecast to dip below 30 C only on Sunday.

Drownings have increased during the heat wave. Six people have drowned in Moscow's rivers, lakes and ponds over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of drownings in May to 48, emergency response officials said Thursday. (MT)

Braille Voting Instructions

Election polling booths will have instructions in Braille in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, Central Elections Commission chief Vladimir Churov said Thursday.

Ballots themselves cannot legally be printed in Braille, but voters with impaired vision can bring a helper to the booth to vote, Churov said, Interfax reported. (MT)