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The world's coldest city just hit negative 50 degrees and residents say they 'can't fight it'

The world's coldest city just hit negative 50 degrees and residents say they 'can't fight it'

The world's coldest city just got colder.

If you thought the January chill was bad where you are, you haven't seen Yakutsk in east Siberia, the coldest city in the world.

In the piercing cold city, temperatures have plunged to an unbearable minus 50 degrees Celsius.

While the city's temperatures are nothing short of extreme, its 339,000 residents are well used to the sub-zero temperatures.

Suddenly our frosty winters don't seem so bad, do they?

Yakutsk is one of the coldest places on earth.
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According to local weather forecasts, temperatures are expected to hit minus 55 degrees Celsius overnight, and remain between minus 44 and minus 50 for the rest of the week.

By comparison, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the UK was minus 27.2 degrees Celsius in East Scotland in January 1982.

Locals have plenty of experience with temperatures plummeting below minus 40, but when things get extra icy, they know just how to adapt.

"You can't fight it. You either adjust and dress accordingly or you suffer," Anastasia Gruzdeva told Reuters, while wearing two scarves, two pairs of gloves, and a number of hoods and hats.

"You don't really feel the cold in the city. Or maybe it's just the brain prepares you for it, and tells you everything is normal."

Another resident, Nurgusun Starostina, agreed: "Just dress warmly. In layers, like a cabbage!"

While their bodies may be able to cope with the glacial weather, the infrastructure isn't always.

Videos recorded in the mining city have shown that some roads are so cold that car tyres are bursting on the road.

It's minus 50 degrees Celcius in Yakutsk.
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On social media, freezing residents have been crying out as heating tanks breaking down, pipes bursting, and gas boilers seizing up due to the power outage.

Yakutsk locals have put up with temperatures far harsher than this in the past, with previous temperature recordings dropping as low as minus 64.4 degrees Celsius - though it has been hard to verify if there have been colder days since 'the thermometer only reads down as far as minus 63 degrees', according to the BBC.

It's hard to understand why anyone would chose to live in such harsh conditions, but some people really do enjoy the cold weather.

Speaking to Live Science about the icy city's residents, biological anthropologist Cara Ocobock said: "I think people take pride in where they live and the ingenuity they have to successfully live in harsh places."

Some people prefer cold conditions.
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Talking to local news site Russia Beyond, resident Aleksei Pestryakov explained why he chooses to live in a city with such brutal conditions.

"Some people like to run in the mountains, and I really enjoy running in extremely low temperatures," he said.

"For us locals, a temperature of -50 degrees is quite normal. Perhaps the mere fact of being born here gives us immunity and frost resistance."

I have chills just thinking about it, but whatever you're into, Aleksei.

Featured Image Credit: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Weather, Russia