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Breaking Climate News: Australia

Jan 12, 2007
CANBERRA'S inner-southern suburbs and Parliament House suffered a blackout today as demand for electricity surged with temperatures reaching 40 degrees. Today was the national capital's HOTTEST JANUARY DAY IN ALMOST 40 YEARS, with the temperature reaching 40.5C at Canberra Airport. The temperature was the ACT's second highest on record for a January day, and the third hottest temperature ever recorded in Canberra. The hottest day on record was January 31, 1968, when temperatures reached 41.4 degrees.

RUSSIA - Moscow's UNUSUALLY WARM winter weather continued to break records Thursday as temperatures hit 5.3 Celsius, making it the HOTTEST JANUARY 11 IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS. The balmy weather, nearly 9 degrees above average, is likely to continue through the end of the month. February may be just as warm. Moscow is not alone. Much of central Russia has been hit by an UNUSUAL warm front coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. Farther east, the weather is not nearly as warm, but it is also not nearly as cold as in years past. In the Sverdlovsk region in Siberia, for instance, temperatures now stand at minus 14 C, 2 degrees above the average. In much of Yakutia, the ice roads used in winter have yet to form. A lack of sun and light because of the absence of snow is one of the most common complaints. Photo: The balmy temperatures on Thursday drawing visitors to Yekaterininsky Park.
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