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Heat Wave Breaks Records in Moscow

June 7, 1988

MOSCOW (AP) _ Warm air from Central Asia settled over Moscow on Tuesday, driving the temperature to 95 degrees and setting a record for the month of June.

Office workers shed coats and ties and long lines formed at kiosks selling ice-cream and kvass, a cool drink made from brown bread and sugar or honey.

The unusually warm weather was caused by hot winds blowing from the steppes of Kazakhstan in Soviet Central Asia, meteorologist Alexander Snitkovsky told the official Soviet news agency Tass.

The record temperature for Moscow in the 109 years that records have been kept was 99 degrees in August 1920, Tass quoted Snitkovsky as saying.

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