MOSCOW, Aug 19 - Rains, which will bring some relief to drought-hit Russia, are expected on Aug. 19-21 in most parts of the country, the Hydrometcentre weather forecasting service said on Thursday.
But the threat of new fires will remain strong in parts of central Russia, in its south, and in some Urals and Siberian regions, it said on its website http://meteoinfo.ru.
Russia's chief meteorologist said on Wednesday that heat was leaving central Russia and rains were moving eastwards and southwards. But large-scale winter grain sowing, which normally starts in August, was still unlikely until Sept. 10.
Rains of varied intensity are expected in practically all regions of European Russia, the Urals, Siberia and the country's far east, the service said.
In the north-western part of Russia night frosts of minus 1 to 3 degrees Celsius (26.6-30.2 Fahrenheit) are expected.
In the centre of European Russia, in its south and in the regions along the Volga river, rains will be accompanied by strong winds, it said.