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Updated on 13 August 2010

Heavy downpours have cooled the Russian capital Moscow after unprecedented heat, but dozens of wildfires are still raging around the city and a new blaze has been spotted near the nation's top nuclear research centre, officials said.

The city remains largely free of the clouds of suffocating smog that affected it earlier, but weather experts said smoke from burning forests and peat bogs may again choke the city if the wind direction changes.

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said its teams have managed to reduce the area covered by wildfires, but more than 500 are continuing to burn across the country, including 29 around Moscow.

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