This is our third winter in Russia. Yet, this is our first time experiencing really freezing weather. I mean, the past two years, winter was relatively mild, by Moscow standards, at the coldest, it was around -10, and when it did go much below that, we were vacationing back home near the Equator. So we never got to experience what minus 20deg C actually felt like.
Well, this year, I felt that winter has been pretty warm, but as it turned out, temperatures dipped significantly this week. Today, when I went out to the mall, it was minus 17C, and that was at noon. Tomorrow, the weather forecast says maximum temperature will be minus 22C. A Singaporean friend who used to work in Moscow had said walking out of a building in to minus 20C temperature felt like he was being punched in the face. Yikes!
Our predecessors did tell us that when temperatures dip below minus 10C, the weather is actually really gorgeous. It'll be sunny and bright, just extremely cold. It's when the temperature hovers between minus 10C and plus 10C that everything looks dull, dreary and depressing. They were right.
This picture of Sean outside school was taken last week when temperature was around minus 6C. The sky is dull, not a tinge of blue in sight.
Pictures below were taken outside the mall today. It was such a nice, bright day and the air felt crisp and fresh, the sky a brilliant blue.
Don't the buildings behind the mall's sprawling carpark look like HDB flats?
It was so cold even the condensation inside the car turned immediately into ice!
Winter is officially and truly here!