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Rains Are Forecast for Southern Russia Following a Month of Heat

May 22, 2012

Rain is forecast to start falling today and last for two days in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, where a month of dry weather damaged crops, according to the Federal Hydrometeorological Center.

A rainstorm is expected in the Volgograd region today and heavy rains will cover the Republic of Adygea through May 24, the state weather forecaster said. Those areas and the Krasnodar region are located in the Southern Federal District, which accounted for more than 24 percent of Russia’s grain crop last year with about 22.7 million metric tons of cereals harvested, according to state statistics.

Showers are predicted in the North Caucasus region today, with wind speeds of up to 20 meters a second (45 miles an hour), data from the forecaster showed. The area accounted for about 11 percent of last year’s grain crop with a 9.9 million-ton harvest, the statistics showed.

The center forecast temperatures as high as 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) today and tomorrow in the southern part of the Volga Federal District. Farmers in the region contributed about 23 percent of last year’s grain harvest, reaping 21.2 million tons of cereals.

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