The coldest inhabited place in the world got so cold that on Sunday, the electronic thermometer broke, as the temperature reached an astonishing -79.6 degrees Fahrenheit . Some residents recorded temperatures as low as -88.6 degrees Fahrenheit at their properties.
Oymyakon, in Siberia, had been experiencing temperatures under 50 degrees below zero, but the temperature dropped even further. Astonishingly, some Chinese tourists stripped to their shorts in the sub-human cold to take a dip in local waters:
Yakutian journalist Elena Pototskaya marveled: “Today at the Pole of Cold in Oymyakon – in 65-degree frost – Chinese tourists swim in ice-free spring Yeyemu … This does not freeze even in severe frosts in Oymyakon. Horror! Us locals are afraid to go out in such a cold. And here … the tourists are swimming…!”
According to official records, Oymyakon hit -89.9F in February 1933.