You Shouldn't Sleep Outside Here: -98 Degrees Celsius Recorded

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.10 - 2023 10:12 AM CET

You Shouldn't Sleep Outside Here.

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As winter sets in, the cold is making its presence felt around the globe, with some areas experiencing extreme temperatures.

While many of us feel the chill and think it's getting a bit cold, this pales in comparison to the coldest place on Earth. According to Live Science, the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was an incredible -98 degrees Celsius (-144.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on the East Antarctic Plateau.

This extreme cold was discovered through a review of satellite data over a ridge on Antarctica's ice sheet, which previously reached -93 degrees Celsius (-135.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Researchers found that clear conditions and extremely dry air were necessary for the temperature to drop to -98 degrees Celsius (-144.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Although this extremely cold location is uninhabited, there are places on Earth where people live in very low temperatures.

Living in Extreme Cold

In Eastern Siberia lies the village of Oymyakon, known as the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth. In 1924, a record low temperature of -71.2 degrees Celsius (-96.2 degrees Fahrenheit) was measured there.

Looking at more recent times, just this January, the Russian city of Yakutsk recorded a temperature of -62.2 degrees Celsius (-80 degrees Fahrenheit), the coldest in nearly two decades.

While we might complain about the cold at home, it's worth remembering that there are places in the world where people live under much more extreme conditions.

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