When I arrived in Atyrau in August, temperatures were, as I recall, in the 90’s degrees farenheit, pushing 100. In the first picture you can see the effect. The Ural River is in the background. People were swimming in the river.
In the second picture, the vantage point is the same, but now it is winter. The picture is a study in blue, or perhaps grey. The Ural River has been frozen for a couple of months. What a change climate can bring.