The air in Moscow on Wednesday morning is clean at last, after overnight rain and winds blew away a thick layer of smog caused by the worst wildfires in Russian history, which had engulfed the capital for over a week.
Health experts say pollution levels were so high that breathing was as dangerous as smoking several packs of cigarettes a day. The smog eased on Monday evening and continued to ease on Tuesday.
A scorching heat wave has gripped much of western Russia since mid-June, sparking wildfires and causing the worst drought in decades.
MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti)