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Two months of real winter forecasted for St. Petersburg


With night temperature falling below 17 degrees Centigrade, St. Petersburg is having a real winter. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel’s Dmitry Kopytov has spoken to a meteorologist to find out the forecast.

Dmitry Kopytov, reporter, tells: ‘The Sunday night was the coldest during the first days of the new year. But now it is a bit warmer. The meteorologist we have spoken to expects a traditional Russian cold snowy winter.’

For several previous years, winters were mild in St. Petersburg, and animals, birds and plants seem to be disoriented in seasons, with roses blooming in January. 

But real winter came to St. Petersburg together with an anticyclone from Siberia. Let us hear what the meteorologist will say.

Professor Valery Malinin, Russian State University of Hydrometeorology, forecasts: ‘This Russian winter will last for a long time, till March. This year we are having a strong Siberian anticyclone that has brought winter weather. A new ultra-polar entry of cold air from the North is expected by Thursday, with temperature to go down to minus 20 at night and to minus 17-18 in the daytime.’

Dmitry Kopytov continues: ‘The first working day in the new year was cold, with a temperature of minus 12 and south-easterly wind.’

Though, by the weekend the temperature is expected to go up to minus 2-5 degrees.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel