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Sunday, 30 June 2013

30 June 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. How to Beat the Heat with Ease

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. How to Beat the Heat with Ease. 2013


On Thursday, Moscow again expects abnormally hot weather and thunderstorms… according to the weatherman, the temp in the capital will reach a red-hot 32 degrees (90 degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll find tips on how to survive the heat, and what you should pay attention to, and, conversely, hints on what you should avoid to beat the heat in this RIA-Novosti infographic. According to the Phobos Meteorology Centre, the last week of June in Moscow will hit record highs for heat… the temp will warm up to 34+ degrees (93+ degrees Fahrenheit), whilst the weather will be cloudy with brief showers and gusty winds. Doctors advise residents of big cities with public transport that individual units are often not equipped with air conditioning or fans, so, don’t use buses and trolley buses at peak times, if you can avoid it. Wipe a wet handkerchief over exposed areas of the body; wear loose clothes and shoes made ​​of natural materials, and drink water or tea every 15 minutes. If your office isn’t air conditioned, or this unit works so poorly that the space is still muggy, it’s very helpful to read a legal document entitled Hygienic Requirements for the Microclimate of Production Facilities (Гигиенические требования к микроклимату производственных помещений). This lays out the allowable level of temperature in the room, every half a degree higher than the legal limit shortens the workday by an average of one hour.

Read more on the topic >>

Watch a video: Cold soup that helps beat the heat >>

Tips on how to survive overheated public transport >>

More about the forecast for the week >>

27 June 2013





Wednesday, 4 July 2012

4 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

Sergei Yolkin



100 Roubles is about three bucks, that’s about 2.50 Euros or two quid.


Russian doctors recommend that the people shouldn’t use air conditioning at extremely low settings, and, if possible, to cool the premises before the arrival of people. They also suggest that people take vitamins A and E to reduce the risk of colds in the summer.

3 July 2012

Sergei Yolkin



Saturday, 30 June 2012

30 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

Sergei Yolkin



The Chief of Rospotrebnadzor (RF State Public Health Service), Dr Gennady Onishchenko, believes that employers should to give their staff the opportunity to rest a little longer during the lunch break on hot days. On Wednesday, he said, “I didn’t use the word ‘siesta’… for me; it’s a four-letter word. Rather, I suggested an extension of the mid-day break. Due to the heat, we should limit strenuous activity to earlier and later in the day, and longer breaks are essential during peak temperatures with the highest sun exposure”. European Russia is already in the third week of a heat wave. To avoid health problems, doctors advised Russians to wear light clothing, drink more, not to abuse bathing, only use air conditioning in offices and cars moderately, and always wear a hat to protect themselves from the sun and heat stroke.

14 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin



Friday, 29 July 2011

Record Heat Killed More than 60 People in the USA

Record heat in the USA killed at least 64 people, with 15 states reporting heat-related deaths. For the near future, temperatures in mid-America will remain at about 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Local officials urged residents not to venture out without drinking plenty of fluids and to refrain from vigorous sports. In urban areas, special centres with air conditioning opened, where people could take refuge from the heat. In some areas, there were shortages of electricity because of the massive use of air conditioners. In addition, the situation seriously affected US farmers. In Iowa, excessive heat killed 4,000 head of cattle, ITAR-TASS reported.

28 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service


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