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Apocalypse hailstorm makes Russian beachgoers run for the hills

The polar vortex hitting the United States has nothing on what's happening in Russia. Unusually harsh weather has rattled the country recently, with temperatures dropping to freezing levels, and snow dusting over central parts of the country. By the way, it's Summer there.

But even weirder, in the latest display of bonkers weather, beachgoers in Novosibirsk, Siberia, were unexpectedly pelted by hail the size of golf balls, according to The Telegraph.

Sunbathers had been enjoying 105-degree weather. Then the storm arrived, dropping the temperature to 69 degrees and bringing with it what looked like the Apocalypse. A hailstorm so violent that people took cover under beach umbrellas broke out, with witnesses left screaming as tree branches and other debris bombarded the beach. Just watch the video for yourself.

And because people are stupid everywhere, some swimmers stayed in the water, not leaving until a whole minute after the storm pelted them over and over.

While no injuries were reported at the beach, in the nearby town of Bredsk, two children died when a tree fell on their tent where they were taking shelter from the storm, according to a statement issued by the Investigate Committee and cited by The Independent. 

Pretty much as bad a beach nightmare as anyone could imagine.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.