Freak weather as winter returns to Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous regions.
The Siberian stereotype says its always cold here, but this is a fallacy. Usually. Elsewhere, for example in Chita, the temperature is 24C, and in many regions there are growing risks for forest fires.
But as these pictures show, in some areas of western Siberia, the thermometers have plunged to around zero. Residents of Surgut, Noyabrsk, Novy Urengoy and other cities woke on 1 June, the first day of summer, to find it looked more like Chirstmas.
In some areas there were even snow drifts. In Noyabrsk, the local administration restarted heating supplies to homes.
Linda Simonyan commented: ‘The weather decided to congratulate us in this way for the day of summer.’
Kamilla posted: ‘Happy New Year, comrades!’
Liliya Iskacheva wrote: ‘Hurray! First summer day!’
Vita Golovyuk said: ‘I just cannot help but post this picture! Summer is here and the first summer snow!’