Russia has built a supercomputer in order to improve meteorological predictions, ahead of the final phase of the World Cup to be held this summer.
With the support of the World Bank, the world’s largest country is working to improve its weather forecasting capabilities and use standards closer to those of the leading forecasting organisations.
The need for timely and accurate weather information will be essential for a one-month event (June 14 – July 15) and will take place in 11 Russian cities, from Kaliningrad to the west to Ekaterinburg, 2,500 km to the east, and Sochi to the Black Sea.
Roman Vilfand, the head of state weather forecaster Hydrometcentre, told reporters that the country’s new supercomputer was expected to become operational in March.
Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June,July and August are around 23 °C (73 °F), but during heat waves, which can occur anytime from May to September, daytime temperature highs often top 30 °C (86 °F) for sometimes one or two weeks.
Don’t expect any snow, it will be nice and warm!