On 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. Unprecedented 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 heatwave.

At Bestyakh fur farm, the temperature was 32.2C, while Mirny hit 33.6C, Chumpuruk 33.8C, Habardino 34.7C and Kresty 35C. Yet 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. READ MORE