Indian summer compels authorities to extend swimming season in Moscow

Indian summer compels authorities to extend swimming season in Moscow
An extended swimming season will complement the continuing warm weather, as temperatures are expected to hit 27 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

This year, the city is seeing one of the warmest summers in recorded history. In the first days of autumn, city residents and tourists are quite happy with the local weather, as average temperatures are expected to reach plus 22-27 degrees Celsius this week. So the city authorities have decided to extend the official swimming season.

“According to the Hydrometeorology Centre’s long-term weather forecast, the Moscow Region will see high temperatures in the first two weeks of September, sometimes exceeding 25 degrees. Therefore it has been decided to extend the summer swimming season and to continue providing public safety services at the city’s water bodies,” Deputy Moscow Mayor for Housing, Utilities and Amenities Pyotr Biryukov said.

Some city residents continue to spend time near local lakes and rivers. For example, over 33,000 people, including about 1,500 swimmers, visited recreation areas this past weekend.

“Over 120 officers from the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s State Inspection for Small Vessels and life guards, as well as over 1,000 volunteer life guards, keep an eye on local water bodies daily,” Mr. Biryukov noted.

The city prepared nearly 120 recreation areas near local lakes and rivers for the summer, including 11 swimming areas. Each of them has over 1,000 warning signs.