regions parched, others underwater in latest meteorological
coldest region - the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia - also
experienced a highly unusual heatwave. Picture: @irenkolbina
1 July Ulan-Ude experienced its highest ever temperature on this day
- a tropical 33.8C - causing a performance of the Republic of
Buryatia's first national opera to be cut almost in half because of
the stifling heat.
high temperatures, up to 6C higher than average, have also hit
Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions. Siberia's coldest region - the Sakha
Republic, also known as Yakutia - also experienced a highly unusual
Bestyakh fur farm, the temperature was 32.2C, while Mirny hit 33.6C,
Chumpuruk 33.8C, Habardino 34.7C and Kresty 35C.
in Siberia's largest airport, Tolmachevo in Novosibirsk, a huge
downpour left the main passenger terminal underwater. Checkin for
flights had to be done manually because of the flooding.
of Ulan-Ude and Yakutsk try to refresh in any way they can. Pictures:
@_dejames_, CrimYakutia, @fainanega
Nikita Lapov told NGS: 'At about 9 am the shower began, a large group
of people went out the airport, but could not reach their cars and
buses, because of the rain.
came back inside the airport. And in the check-in zone ceiling tiles
were falling down. First, one fell, and the water poured down from
the hole. Then three more fell down.'
rains also hit Altai, Kemerovo and Omsk regions. In Omsk, on 2 July,
a car 'drowned' in the big puddle near a multi-storey residential
building on Lapteva Street.
in Novosibirsk airport Tolmachevo. Car 'drowned' in Omsk. A girl
swimming in puddle in Kemerovo. Pictures: Nikita Lapov, Ivan
Shchipachev, Ju Mori
say that the giant puddle was nicknamed the 'Laptev Sea'. The car was
flooded with water up to the wheel.
say that the driver was 'reckless and tried to drive through the
puddle with the side window fully opened, so the water began to flood
the vehicle interior very quickly'.
official Vladimir Kazimirov blamed the lack of a 'storm drain'. 'We
have pumped out 30 barrels of water from Lapteva Street per night.
problem is, that we have the storm drain only on 22-23% of
streets, the other are constantly flooded.
The heatwave has passed off the Sakhya republic but it's
HOT in the far north of Russia where it 24C is forecast in
Arkhangelsk and 30C in Murmansk. Average is around 14C