A small amount of ice clings to the banks of the Moskva river. Russia had its warmest winter on record in 2014-2015. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin /  ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, 2 March 2015 (TASS) – The outgoing winter, which ended a couple of days ago according to the calendar, has proved the warmest in the history of weather monitoring in Russia conducted since 1891, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring said on Monday.

Over the past winter the average air temperatures in almost all Russian regions were two degrees above the norm as a minimum; on some territories it was even warmer. The past winter proved particularly mild in the Central, Northwest, Siberian and the Far Eastern Federal Districts, where seasonal air temperatures were 4-7 degrees above the norm.

The 2014-2015 winter beat a record earlier set by the 1962 winter by 0.5 degrees. The past winter was one of the four warmest winters in Moscow’s history, ranking fourth after almost equally warm winters registered in 1961, 1989, and 2008. […]

A general conclusion was that the 2014-2015 winter was the warmest in the Northern Hemisphere in the history of weather monitoring, The average air temperatures last winter were higher than the previous "warm" record set in 2006-2007. [more]

Outgoing winter proves warmest in Russia in history of weather monitoring

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