The Russian Orthodox Church does not recommend to see God's punishment in abnormal Russian heat, but believes it positive that environmental conditions make people think about their sins and eternal life.
"People start thinking if they live right, if they help each other," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said on July 30, 2010 at an Interfax-Religion press conference.
At the same time, he does not think that hot weather is a reasonable excuse for going to church with open shoulders, in shorts, and other casual clothes.
"If a person comes to communicate with God and affords a slipshod way of dressing, it means that something is wrong with his soul," Fr. Vsevolod said.