You might be startled after seeing how the freezing tides have taken over this Russian port city, in eastern Siberia. Yakutsk, also known as one of the coldest places in the world, has recently recorded a temperature of minus 50 degrees Celsius, making it the world’s coldest city right now.
Yakutsk city has witnessed an exceptionally cold bite. Although the residents of the city are quite familiar with freezing temperatures, this time, especially during one of these frozen months of the year, loads of other careful measures are being taken to keep heated.
‘Dress in layers like cabbage’ to keep yourself warm
Situated about 450 kilometres (280 miles) south of the Arctic circle, on the glaciers of Russia, natives of the cold city frequently notice that the thermometer usually falls below minus 40 degrees Celsius. According to a report published by Reuters, one of the residents said – “You can’t fight it. You either adjust and dress accordingly or you suffer.” The resident was seen draped in two scarves and several layers of gloves, hoodies, and hats. Another resident added that one can simply dress in layers ‘like a cabbage’ to keep oneself warm. There, the residents who sell fish, do not even need an additional freezer to keep the fish fresh and frozen.
Yakutsk: World’s coldest city
It is not surprising for the natives of Yakutsk to have frozen eyelashes. One of the coldest inhabited parts of the world with a land area identical to India, the Russian city holds a population of nearly one million. The extremist land where temperatures can hike up to plus 40 degrees Celsius during summer and again drop down to minus 50 degrees Celsius during winter, Yakutsk is also home to vast wilderness.
The icy city of Yakutsk is prominently famous for its unbelievable variation in temperatures. The regional capital of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, has an average annual temperature of just minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and to date, the city’s record-breaking temperature has been minus 64.4 degrees Celsius (minus 83.9 degrees Fahrenheit).
How to reach Yakutsk
Primarily, there are two airports which make it possible to travel to Yakutsk by flight. One is the Magan Domestic Airport in Russia which mostly serves flights within the region of Yakutsk, along with private flights. The other one is the Tuimada International Airport which serves direct flights from Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Irkutsk, and Moscow. From the domestic airport, it takes more than an hour to reach the destination by cab or bus.
Yakutsk is not directly connected to any Russian railway network. The closest railway station would be Tommot which happens to be 453 kilometres away from the destination.
The only road which links Yakutsk to the other districts in Russia is the A360 Lena Highway road. The road is often addressed as the Amur-Yakutsk Highway.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: Yakutsk, also known as one of the coldest places in the world, has lately sunk down to minus 50 degrees Celsius, making it the world’s coldest city right now.
Answer: Yakutsk is situated about 450 kilometres (280 miles) south of the Arctic circle, on the glaciers of Russia.
Answer: Yakutsk is located on the Asian continent.
Answer: Since the city of Yakutsk is located near the south of the Arctic circle, the icy air of the Arctic circle envelops the region with freezing cold waves.
Answer: Yes, Yakutsk is one of the coldest inhabited parts of the world with a relatively fair amount of population.