Coldest Village in the World

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If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon and city of Yakutsk might just change your mind. With the average temperature for January a blisteringly cold —50c it is no wonder Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.

© Photo : REX/Amos ChappleOymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital, which boasts the coldest winter temperatures for any city in the world.
Oymakon village at dawn with a plume of smoke rising from the heating plant - Sputnik International
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Oymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital, which boasts the coldest winter temperatures for any city in the world.
© Photo : REX/Amos ChappleThe village, which is home to around 500 people, was originally a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring.
Cows walk back to their sheds after watering in the thermal spring - Sputnik International
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The village, which is home to around 500 people, was originally a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring.
© Photo : REX/Amos ChappleThis is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
A young student poses for a portrait at a bus station in Yakutsk - Sputnik International
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This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
© Flickr / Mungo ParkUnsurprisingly, locals are hardened to the weather and unlike in other countries - where a flurry of snow brings things grinding to a halt - Oymyakon's solitary school only shuts if temperatures fall below -52C.
Three children return home from school in Omyakon, Yakutia - Sputnik International
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Unsurprisingly, locals are hardened to the weather and unlike in other countries - where a flurry of snow brings things grinding to a halt - Oymyakon's solitary school only shuts if temperatures fall below -52C.
© Flickr / Maarten TakensThe village is located around 750 meters above sea level and the length of a day varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer.
A Yakutian horse - Sputnik International
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The village is located around 750 meters above sea level and the length of a day varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer.
© Flickr / Maarten TakensAnd despite its terrible winters, in June, July and August temperatures over 30c are not rare.
Village of Oymyakon in Russia - Sputnik International
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And despite its terrible winters, in June, July and August temperatures over 30c are not rare.
© Photo : REX/Amos ChappleThere are few modern conveniences in the village - with many buildings still having outdoor toilets - and most people still burn coal and wood for heat.
A toilet on the tundra at a petrol stop on the road to Oymyakon - Sputnik International
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There are few modern conveniences in the village - with many buildings still having outdoor toilets - and most people still burn coal and wood for heat.
© Photo : REX/Amos ChappleA petrol station on the road to Oymyakon
A petrol station on the road to Oymyakon - Sputnik International
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A petrol station on the road to Oymyakon
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