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    Moscow Breaks All-Time High Temperature Record

    By By Mark Paquette, AccuWeather.com Meterologist
    July 30, 2010, 10:35:59 AM EDT

    Moscow set their all-time record high temperature Thursday when the mercury hit 101 F (38.3 C) in what has been a grueling and persistent heat wave for the city.

    The previous record high of 100 F (37.8 C) was tied twice in the previous week. Records for Moscow date back to 1879.

    Moscow has had temperatures reach 95 and above nine days in July. Temperatures for the month are averaging an impressive 15 degrees above normal. Simply put, this is the hottest month ever recorded in the city.

    Excessive heat is not the only concern. Moscow has only recorded 16 percent of their normal precipitation for the month. This dryness combined with the heat is causing harsh conditions for people, livestock and crops.

    The drought and heat are expected to reduce the amount of grain Russia will export, by some estimates, as much 50 percent. This is not good news for consumers, as wheat prices have recently reached a 13-month high.

    Some experts think wheat prices will continue to rise, while others are banking on India and Australia to be able to make up the difference, as wheat growing conditions are more favorable in those locations.

    A weak cold front will cause scattered thunderstorms this weekend, especially Sunday. However, the coverage of rainfall is not anticipated to be widespread, so drought relief is not expected.

    This front will knock temperatures down a few notches, but they will still remain above average overall. This relief will likely be brief, as near record-breaking heat is expected to return to the region early next week.

    AccuWeather.com's Gina Cherundolo contributed to the content of this story.

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