Moscow Records Highest Winter Temperatures in December

A bulldozer shovels snow in front of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow | Vasily Maximov/AFP
A bulldozer shovels snow in front of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow | Vasily Maximov/AFP
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Moscow Records Highest Winter Temperatures in December

A bulldozer shovels snow in front of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow | Vasily Maximov/AFP
A bulldozer shovels snow in front of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow | Vasily Maximov/AFP

Unfamiliar weather conditions dominating Moscow have persisted in December. Usually, the snow covers the Russian capital from the beginning of November until the end of April.

Nevertheless, this year, the autumn months passed, and December, the first month of the winter is about to end, and Moscow is still missing its long-awaited snow. Instead of the Siberian freezing winter it used to host, the city has been dominated by a wave of warmth similar to those seen in April.

Last week, the Russian Meteorological Center announced that temperatures have hit record levels during this period of the year. However, it projected the weather to go back to its normal state, and the temperatures to drop below 0 °C, along with snowfalls by the end of the third week of December. However, the third week ended, and the fourth started, but it seems that December is getting warmer.

In the latest forecasts in Moscow, Director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Wilfand said temperatures on December 23 and 24 will be exceptionally warm, and higher by around 12-13 degrees from the average temperatures previously recorded during this time of the year. He expected the temperatures to hit 8 degrees.

Wilfand said these conditions dominate all the European parts of Russia, describing the temperatures as "supernatural" and closer to those recorded during the first week of April, when the average daytime temperature is 5°C to 6 °C.

The reason behind these unfamiliar recurrent changes affecting all seasons accompanied by natural disasters in many regions around the world over the past years is the climate shift caused by the climate change phenomenon.



Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
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Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)

Iran's supreme court has overturned Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence on charges linked to the country's 2022-23 period of unrest, his lawyer wrote in a post on the X social media platform on Saturday.

"The death sentence of #Toomaj_Salehi was overturned and based on the appeal decision ...of the Supreme Court, the case will be referred to (another) branch for consideration," attorney Amir Raisian wrote on X.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the ruling.

Salehi's songs supported protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an "improper" hijab.