The Moscow heat has broken the twentieth record for this summer, with temperatures of 32.8 degrees Celsius (91.04 degrees Fahrenheit) registered on Tuesday, the Fobos meteorological center said.
The previous record of 31.7 degrees Celsius (89.06 degrees Fahrenheit) for August 10 was registered in 1893, a meteorologist at the center said.
A scorching heat wave has gripped much of western Russia since mid-June, sparking wildfires and causing the worst drought in decades.
Moscow and a dozen other cities have been wrapped in a thick layer of smog. Health experts say pollution levels are so high that breathing has become as dangerous as smoking several packs of cigarettes a day.
The record-breaking heat wave in Moscow will continue through mid-August, meteorologists say.
MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti)