Antarctica (L) and Oymyakon, Russia feature at the top of the list
But, whilst snow may be on the forecast, the single digit temperatures across the UK are nothing on the sub-zero climates of the world’s coldest inhabitable places.
Founded in 1957, Vostok is a Russian research station in Antarctica.
It is commonly referred to as ‘the Pole of Cold’, due to recording the lowest air temperature in history – a heart-stopping -89.2C.
Ice core drilling and magnetometry is carried out at the research station.
Rogers Pass, USA
Outside of Alaska, Rogers Pass in Montana has the coldest recorded temperature in the United States. In January 1954, an ice-cold temperature of -57C was recorded.
It’s also known as one of the lat remaining grizzly bear strongholds in the USA.
Plateau Station, Antarctica
This inactive American research base holds the title for the second coldest place on earth, at a shuddering -84C.
For Britons, July is usually characterised as a summer month. However, this is the coldest month at the Plateau Station.
At -69.8C, Verkhoyansk near Russia’s Yana River is a Siberian icebox. The word ‘Verkhoyansk’ sparks fear in Russia: it was formerly nicknamed ‘Stalin’s Death Ring’ and was the place Soviet exiles wound up. On a typical day, its not uncommon to see one of its 1,311 residents fling on a fur coat and boots, to trudge through the powder white snow.
Prospect Creek, USA
Alaska’s Prospect Creek is a small settlement around 180 miles north of Fairbanks. On January 23, 1971 the lowest recorded temperature was -62.1C.
However, despite some extreme conditions wildlife still thrives here, with sightings of brown bears and bald eagles.
North Ice recorded a staggering -6.16C temperature
In Yakutia, northeast Russia, Oymyakon has recorded a blisteringly cold temperature of -71.2C and is considered to be the northern hemisphere’s Pole of Cold.
It’s called home by more than 250,000 cold souls, making it the coldest inhabited place on earth.
The ground is permanently frozen and people’s eyelashes freeze if outside for too long.
Rather ironically, a nearby hot spring gives it it’s name: Oymyakon means ‘unfrozen water’.
As the coldest spot in Canada, this small village in Yukon recorded an unforgiving -63C in 1947. It was so cold, that it was reported locals stepped outside and witnessed their breath freeze in mid-air, before falling to the ground as white dust.
Snag also claims the lowest recorded temperature in continental North America.
Brown bears and bald eagles have been seen in Prospect Creek
Snag is the coldest spot in Canada
North Ice, Greenland
Coming in the top five is the former British North Greenland Expedition station, on the inland ice of Greenland.
North Ice recorded a staggering -6.16C temperature in January 1954.
Meaning ‘Ice-centre’ in German, Eismitte lives up to its name by recording the coldest temperature ever at -64.8C.
The temperature was recorded during an Arctic expedition that took place between July 1930 and August 1931.
The warmest temperature recorded during the expedition was a mere -1.8C in comparison.
Fort Selkirk, Canada
This former trading post on Canada’s Yukon river boasts temperatures as low as -58C.
In the past, it was an important supply point which was later abandoned due to the extremely cold conditions. It’s extremely remote too, only accessible via boat and plane.