New temperature records are getting broken so frequently across the world these days that I can’t keep up with all of them! The fact that Russia had been so incredibly mild this December completely eluded me until New Year when a friend said that Moscow had had to import snow for it’s New Year celebrations, which to me sound absolutely bizarre, but was in fact completely true according to this BBC news report. As you can see from the chart of December anomalies, the mild weather their is borne out by the +7°C anomaly across Russia, not only that there were also 7°C anomalies to the north of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic and another close to Baffin Island in Canada. Meanwhile the North Atlantic remained a little bit colder than average for December.
It looks to me that the record 5.6°C maximum temperature mentioned in the BBC report on the 18th must have occurred somewhere else other than Moscow airport (#27612), where it reached 6.4°C on the 19th and 7.0°C on the 24th.