It’s now minus 50 in the coldest city in the world

You thought your winter was cold? Temperatures in the coldest city in the world have dropped to minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit).

The city of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia, widely identified as one of the coldest places in the world, experienced an abnormally long cold snap. January is its coldest month, and although they are used to freezing temperatures, residents of the remote region take extra precautions to keep warm.

“You can’t fight it,” a resident told Reuters wearing two scarves and several layers of gloves, hats and balaclavas. “Either you adapt and dress accordingly or you suffer.”

According to another resident who sold frozen fish at a local market, layering was key. “Dress warm. In layers, like a cabbage,” she said.

Fish vendors Marina Krivolutskaya and Marianna Ugai pose for a photo at an outdoor market on a freezing day in Yakutsk, Russia, January 15, 2023.

Fish vendors Marina Krivolutskaya and Marianna Ugai pose for a photo at an outdoor market on a freezing day in Yakutsk, Russia, January 15, 2023.

Roman Kutukov/Reuters

Home to less than a million people, Yakutsk’s winters can be extreme, even by Russian standards.

But the town came to international attention in July when haze from nearby wildfires ripped through forests, blanketing the area in thick smoke.

Scientists have expressed serious concern about the increasing frequency of fires caused by climate change in the Siberian Arctic.

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