The city of Yakutsk in Siberia is currently breaking cold records: after passing -50 ° C a few days ago, the thermometer there now shows… -62.7 ° C. The coldest the town has known in twenty years. January is always the coldest month of the year in Lagutsk, but the average temperature rarely drops below -40°C, even at this time. Current temperatures are therefore unusual, but consistent with the cold snap affecting much of Siberia.
The people of Yakutsk are used to harsh winters, but this is brutal even for them. Such cold is dangerous, especially because of the risk of frostbite. Currently, the entire city is shrouded in an “icy fog,” said the North-Eastern Federal University of Yakutsk, whose comments were published by CNN.
“This happens when the air is too cold for warm air to rise from houses, people and cars,” the agency explains.
Other citizens are obliged to live as normally as possible unless new students are instructed to “take to the streets in winter when the temperature drops to -40°C”.
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