Russia's weather turns political

Russian TV has aired cheery weather forecasts for its fighter jets bombing Syria.

A video grab made on 3 October, 2015, shows an image taken from a footage made available on the Russian Defence Ministrys official website, purporting to show an explosion after airstrikes carried out by Russian air force on what Russia says was an underground explosives warehouse in Raqqa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Russian TV has taken its gung-ho coverage of air strikes in Syria to another level by airing cheery weather forecasts for its fighter jets bombing Syria.

News agency AFP reported that a female forecaster on the state-owned news channel told viewers that Syria's weather in October was "ideal for carrying out operational action".

Standing in front of an image of a bomber and the headline "flying weather", the forecaster gave a straight-faced analysis of the perfect conditions for bombing.

It is not the first time in recent years that Russia's weather has gone political.

TV channels swiftly included Crimea in their forecasts after it was annexed by Moscow in March last year.