Thermometer in world’s coldest town breaks as temperatures dive to – 62°C
The thermometer in a remote Siberian town known as the coldest occupied place on earth has broken as temperatures dove to close record depths.
The general population gadget, which was introduced in Oymyakon as a vacation spot, recorded – 62C, before malfunctioning this week.
Meanwhile the Siberian Times reports that a few local people had readings as low as – 67C – in touching distance of the record – 67.7C, which was signed in the town in February 1933.
That temperature was the least at any point recorded outside the Antarctic and cemented the town, in the Yakutia locale, the coldest permanently-inhabited place on earth.
However it is still some way off the coldest temperature at any point recorded on the planet, which was – 94.7C caught by a NASA satellite in east Antarctica in 2013.
The town’s inhabitants survive the winters, which drop to a normal of – 50C in January and February, to a great extent by burnning wood and coal for warmth.
The town sits 750 meters above ocean level and the length of its days differ from three hours in December to 21 hours in summer.