It is now minus 50 in the coldest city in the world

Did you think your winter was cold? The temperature in the coldest city in the world has dropped to -50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit).

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

“You can’t fight it,” one resident, dressed in two scarves and several layers of gloves, hats and hoods, told Reuters. “You adapt and dress accordingly or you suffer.”

Layering, according to another resident who sold frozen fish at a local market, was key. “Just dress warmly. In layers, like a cabbage,’ she said.

Fishmongers Marina Krivolutskaya and Marianna Ugai pose for a photo at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, January 15, 2023.

Fishmongers Marina Krivolutskaya and Marianna Ugai pose for a photo at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, January 15, 2023.

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Winters in Yakutsk, home to less than 1 million people, can be extreme, even by Russian standards.

But the city drew international attention in July when haze from nearby wildfires ripped through forests, blanketing the region in thick smoke.

Scientists expressed serious concern about the increasing frequency of fires due to climate change in the Siberian Arctic.

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