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Montevideo, May 20th 2018 - 17:36 UTC

Minus 67 Celsisus in Russia'a Yakuta region, 5.300 kilometers east of Moscow

Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 09:23 UTC
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A teenager selfie with her eyebrows frozen. Although even with minus 40 Celsius, schools are open in Yakutia, minus 67 was a bit too much A teenager selfie with her eyebrows frozen. Although even with minus 40 Celsius, schools are open in Yakutia, minus 67 was a bit too much
In Oymyakon, Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to minus 50 degrees In Oymyakon, Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to minus 50 degrees

Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas on Tuesday. In Yakutia, a region of 1 million people about 5,300 kilometers east of Moscow, students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled on Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.

 In the village of Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, state-owned Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to minus 50 degrees. In 2013, Oymyakon recorded an all-time low of minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 98 Fahrenheit).

Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Three other men with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, investigators reported.

But the press office for Yakutia's governor said on Tuesday that all households and businesses in the region have working central heating and access to backup power generators. Residents of Yakutia are no strangers to cold weather and this week's cold spell was not even dominating local news headlines on Tuesday.

But some media outlets published cold-weather selfies and stories about stunts in the extreme cold. Women posted pictures of their frozen eyelashes, while YakutiaMedia published a picture of Chinese students who got undressed to take a plunge in a thermal spring.

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