Already considered the world’s coldest permanently inhabited town, the 500 locals are used to temperatures plunging well below 0 with children regularly going to school in temperature of -40. It’s named after the nearby Oymyakon River which translated means “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter.”
Amazingly, 88 below isn’t even the record low temperature for this remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia, a part of Siberia, although this particular cold snap has turned deadly. Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Two other men in the group, who were wearing warmer clothing, survived.
The all-time record for the coldest temperature recorded for a permanently inhabited settlement anywhere in the world is held by Oymyakon at a brisk 89.9 degrees below and unofficial temperatures as cold as minus 108 degrees have also been measured.
As for the all-time world record cold temperature, Vostok research station on Antarctica had an official reading of 128.6 below zero in 1983.