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Published: 20:45 BST, 18 December 2013 | Updated: 22:59 BST, 18 December 2013
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It is celebrated for being one of the coldest, most unfriendly places on earth.

But after weeks of the hottest winter climate in living memory there’s something exceptionally missing in numerous parts of Siberia this December – snow.
At this time of year the unforgiving east Russian locale is regularly secured in a thick layer of the white stuff with temperatures falling to as low as -40C.
Feeling the heat: A connect close the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk this week on what shows up to be more like a brilliant Spring day Or maybe than solidifying Russian winter

Unusual: Numerous Siberian local people say the need of December snow is exceptional in living memory
At this time of year the cruel east Russian locale is regularly secured in a thick layer of snow

Ducks appreciate the uncommon shot of a December swim on a waterway close the city of Krasnoyarsk

But in later weeks numerous regions have seen daytime temperatures drifting well above zero what’s more, indeed more strangely long spells of substantial rain.
While Siberia remains marginally colder than western Europe, most local people say they have never experienced a December so warm.

Fyodor Olifirenko, 83, from Novosibirsk, the most northerly city in the world, told the Siberian Times: ‘I do not keep in mind such a warm December.
‘In 1963 there was a few defrost on December 24-25, it was drizzling a bit. Be that as it may by morning all was solidified what’s more, after that begun solid frosts.’

Making the most of it: A gathering of local people in the city of Tomsk strip down to their swimming trunks to celebrate abnormally warm winter

In later weeks numerous zones of Siberia have seen daytime temperatures drifting well above zero what’s more, indeed more uncommonly overwhelming rain

‘But such climate – at the point when it is continually drizzling in the center of December – I see this for the to begin with time’.

In the city of Tomsk, where it regularly midpoints around -15C at this time of year, the figure next week predicts long spells of daylight what’s more, generally mild temperatures of between -1C what’s more, -5C.
By comparison, the normal December day time temperature in London is as it were marginally higher at around 6C.

A gathering of Tomsk local people made the most of the daylight by stripping down to their swimming adapt to posture for pictures.
Lumps of liquefying ice float along the waterway Ob close city of Barnaul where at this time of year it is for the most part solidified strong with individuals penetrating gaps through which to fish
In the city of Barnaul it Barnaul it has been feeling more like a wonderful Spring than a typical Siberian winter

Unseasonable: Softening ice floats down the Stream Ob close the city of Tomsk in Siberia this week

Trend? Last month was the hottest November on record around the world since records started in 1880

Siberia’s more established inhabitants say they have never experienced anything like the warm December climate they have been experiencing

Elsewhere in Siberia it’s a comparative story. In Krasnoyarsk, where December temperatures regularly fall to between -23°C to -17°C, frequently hitting as low as -35°C there is scarcely any snow to be found at all.

And in the city of Barnaul, where at this time of year you regularly find individuals angling through thick  ice of the Rive Ob, it has been feeling more like Spring with blue skies what’s more, ducks swimming around.
The bizarrely high Siberian temperatures are the most recent in a long line of peculiar climate occasions this year counting hail falling in Cairo what’s more, snow falling in Israel, Syria what’s more, Jordan.
Last month was the hottest November on record around the world since records started in 1880.
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