Wet weather in the north contrasted with sunny, warm conditions in southern portions of the region.
A cold front
triggered showers and thunderstorms (5-50 mm) across spring
wheat areas of northern Kazakhstan and central Russia,
boosting soil moisture supplies for emergence and
Meanwhile, mostly dry, hot weather (35-38°C)
in Uzbekistan promoted late cotton planting but maintained
higher-than-normal irrigation demands for crop establishment.