Last week, it began to dawn on the residents of Siberia that their current freeze was actually making their homeland colder than Antarctica, with temperatures in cities like Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk dropping below the minus 40 degrees Celsius mark.
Surprised and even amused by this development, some of them started sharing the news on social media, tweeting snapshots of weather app readings and wondering whether a vacation in ‘warm’ Antarctica would be a good idea.
"Why go to Thailand when you could go vacationing in Antarctica," joked one.
Зачем Тайланд, если можно уехать в отпуск в Антарктиду. Там все равно теплее, чем в Сибе pic.twitter.com/HKJe4j2jRc— Окси (@oksitoci) 21 января 2018 г.
"Wish I could go to Antarctica to warm up a bit," quipped another.
ща бы в Антарктиду погреться чуток 🤭 pic.twitter.com/kU7aOarPQr— узкоглазый (@pronyalexeev) 20 января 2018 г.
A heated discussion broke out at the Pikabu website after one of its users posted a pic showing that the current temperature in Krasnoyarsk (minus 42 degrees Celsius) is a whopping 9 degrees lower than in Antarctica.
"The polar night at Taimyr is over and now the polar clusterf*ck begins," replied one person, with an attached image showing the temperature in Dudinka reaching minus 45 degrees Celsius.
Several residents of Oymyakon also posted pictures showing the temperature in their parts dropping below minus 50 degrees Celsius.
At least one person, however, pointed out that it’s currently ‘summer’ in Antarctica, and that in a few months Earth’s southernmost continent will become much colder than today.
господи,угомонитесь сравнивать нск и Антарктиду,в Антарктиде вообще лето сейчас,теперь представьте какая там температура зимой— Никонова Валерия (@lera_nikonova1) 21 января 2018 г.
Siberia and Antarctica house the so-called northern and southern Poles of Cold – areas in the northern and southern hemispheres where the lowest air temperatures are recorded.
The southern Pole of Cold is located at the Russian Antarctic station Vostok, boasting a record of minus 89.2 degrees Celsius (recorded on July 21, 1983).
The city of Verkhoyansk and the village of Oymyakon, both located in the Sakha Republic of Russia, currently vie for the title of the northern Pole of Cold, with temperatures recorded in these areas dropping below minus 67 degrees Celsius.