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Moscow hits record high of 102 degrees

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Besieged by a heat wave, Moscow, Russia, surpassed the century mark Thursday for the first time in recorded history.

The high temperature of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) recorded at the Moscow Observatory broke the previous record high of 99.5 F (37.5 C) set just three days before. Records in Moscow date back to 1879.

The month of July is expected to break the record for the hottest month ever recorded in Moscow.