January 19, 2021

Speedos in January


Speedos in January
Your typical Russian winter. Igor Yakunin, Wikimedia Commons.

The southern resort town of Sochi has registered record January temperatures, with thermometers displaying a balmy +21° Celsius, or about 70° Fahrenheit. Thermometers have become popular images in social media posts, with one Sochi resident declaring, "That's why everybody comes here in the winter!"

But this winter has been especially sultry. One man posed in a Santa hat and a speedo in Sochi, an unusual combination in Russia to be sure. The new year's flowers have already begun to bloom. Meteorologists say that a cyclone from the south has brought unseasonably warm air with it.

Nonetheless, weather is unpredictable, and beachgoers are encouraged to pack a jacket to go over their bikinis, just in case.

At the same time, last year's totally snowless winter in the northern capital of St. Petersburg has given way this January to -20° Celsius and more typically Russian levels of sticking snow.

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