While in Egypt and Israel there is snow, in one of the coldest regions in Russia the temperature is higher than ever for this period.
But after weeks of the warmest winter weather in living memory there's something peculiarly absent in many parts of Siberia this December - snow.
Fyodor Olifirenko, 83, from Novosibirsk, the most northerly city in the world, told the Siberian Times: 'I do not remember such a warm December.
'In 1963 there was some thaw on December 24-25, it was raining a bit. But by morning all was frozen and after that started strong frosts.'
In the city of Tomsk, where it normally averages around -15C at this time of year, the forecast next week predicts long spells of sunshine and relatively balmy temperatures of between -1C and -5C.
By comparison, the average December day time temperature in London is only slightly higher at around 6C.
And in the city of Barnaul, where at this time of year you normally find people fishing through thick ice of the Rive Ob, it has been feeling more like Spring with blue skies and ducks swimming around.
Last month was the warmest November on record worldwide since records began in 1880.