People walk along Red Square in Moscow with St. Basil's Cathedral seen through heavy smog caused by peat fires in nearby forests on July 26, 2010. Muscovites struggled to breathe on Monday and Red Square was blanketed in smoke as a record-setting heatwave that that has already ruined crops caused fires that set the area around the capital ablaze. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Moscow sweltered on Monday through its hottest day since records
began 130 years ago, as temperatures hit 37.4 C, sparking peat fires
that blanketed the city in smog.
A heatwave has engulfed central parts
of European Russia, and Siberia since June, destroying crops covering
an area the size of Portugal.
Moscow's Novodevichyi Monastery is seen through a fog in downtown on Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)