Moscow Sweats As Second Heat Record Set (PHOTOS)

07/30/2010 08:19 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

(AP) MOSCOW -- Moscow has broken its all-time temperature record for the second time in a week as the Russian capital sizzles in a stubborn heatwave.

The mercury hit 100 (37.8 Celsius) on Thursday, beating by a fraction a record set on Monday, the country's news agencies reported.

Muscovites have been urged to skip work and stay indoors due to the heat and potentially dangerous smog from peat bog fires outside the city.

Forest fires too continue to burn around Moscow and the rest of the country, with firefighters battling a total area of 212,506 acres (86,000 hectares) ablaze, the Emergencies Ministry said on its website.

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