For several weeks, the south of Russia has suffered from abnormal heat. Day time temperatures reach 40-43 degrees. Huge damage has already been done to the region – fires have burned out crops and woods, there are continual outages in the electric power supply, and perishable products have been withdrawn from sale. Businesses in the city operate on a reduced schedule. In the meantime, weather forecasters and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Measures sound the alarm: soon the heat will be replaced by strong downpours with thunder-storms and even hailstones. In some regions storm warnings have already been declared.