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Coldest inhabited place on Earth: The remote village of Oymyakon, Russia

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 16: Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amos Chapple/REX/Shutterstock (2087439e) Communist-era monument marking the record-breaking temperature of -71.2 recorded in the village in 1924. It reads "Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold" Village of Oymyakon, which is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world, Russia - Jan 2013 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/jpod  If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon and city of Yatutsk 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. Oymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital, which has the coldest winter temperatures for any city in the world. Ironically, Oymyakon actually means "non-freezing water" due to a nearby hot spring. The village was originally a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring. Known as the "Pole of Cold", the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was a mind numbing -71.2c. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.

The public thermometer in the remote Russian village of Oymyakon broke down in January 2018 as the temperature fell to -79.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-62 degrees Celsius). Here are some interesting facts about the village that experiences sub-zero temperatures almost all through the year. 

(Pictured) A communist-era monument marking the lowest temperature recorded in the village.

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