27 Apr 2020 15:42

Summer of 2020 may be among hottest in history - Russian natural resources minister

MOSCOW. April 27 (Interfax) - Some meteorologists expect the upcoming summer to be among the hottest in the entire history of observation, Russian Natural Resources Minister Dmitry Kobylkin said.

"We're observing abnormally hot temperatures this year. It's plus 35 degrees [Celsius] today in Krasnoyarsk, which is very unusual for us. And forecasts by both Roshydromet [the Federal Hydrometeorology and Environment Monitoring Service] and foreign hydrometeorological stations show that this year's summer may be one of the abnormally hottest in history. Or if not the most abnormally [hot], then among the five [hottest summers]. Such a forecast exists," Kobylkin said at a conference dealing with floods and forest fires in Russia, which was hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Despite all the measures being taken, the number of wildfires in Russia has not decreased, Kobylkin said. "Certainly, this is due to the non-observance of self-isolation requirements, but also, this is certainly due to climate change," he said.