Top 5 Coldest Inhabited Places on Earth Feb 20, 2010

These cities bring new meaning to the word “cold.” It amazes me what human beings can endure on a day to day basis… I couldn’t imagine living in any of these locations! I’ll just have to remind myself of this next time I complain about being cold. Here we go! Take a peak at the top five coldest (inhabited) places on earth!

Oymyakon, Russia


Oymyakon is a place of extremes. The difference in temperature between winter and summer is absolutely astounding. This little 800 person village boasts the greatest temperature difference in the world with a whopping 196.6°F change from winter to summer. That’s just about 48° over the average temperature difference in Oymyakon. It’s known as the coldest inhabited place in the northern hemisphere. Supposedly, birds have frozen to death in mid flight due to the ferocious cold. The coldest temperature this place has ever seen? -96.2°F in Jauary of 1926. Wow! Would you believe that the village’s school only closes if the temperature drops to below -52°?

Verkhoyansk, Russia


Verhoyansk is geographically similar to Oymyakon. Both villages are located in an area known as “Stalin’s Death Ring” (pleasant, isn’t it?). Under Stalin’s rule, prisoners were ordered to build the Kolyma Highway and it is said that one prisoner has died for every meter of the road (which is 2000 km long). The temperatures out of this place are just as impressive as Oymyakon’s. In fact, Verhoyanks holds the record for the coldest VERIFIED temperature in the northern hemisphere. On that lovely winter day in 1892, the mercury dropped to -93.6°F. Yikes…

Yakutsk, Russia


Russia’s at it again. Unlike the previous two villages, this is an actual city (population: 210,000) and it is officially the coldest city in the world. Average winter temperatures hover around -40°F. The slightest breeze can make it feel like -70°F. The coldest temperature ever recorded here was -84°. Would you believe that this city pretty much forces their citizens to keep their yards clean? If you don’t, you will be publicly humiliated. Glad I’m not there…

Yakutsk, Russia


Enough of Russia, let’s go to Canada. Aside from the beautiful images of Vancouver that have been

plastered all over TV lately, what comes to mind when you think of Canada? Some people might think of sled dogs, frozen tundras and tiny, icy villages. Places like Snag, Canada fit right into that description. The coldest temperature on record occured back in 1947 (when the population was at about 10) when the nearest airport reported -81.4°F. The alcohol in the thermometer dropped below the lowest readable point and more notches had to be manually added in order to get an accurate reading. Brr. Hopefully, that wasn’t the only kind of alcohol they had lying around…

Vostok, Antarctica

Vostok, Antarctica
Vostok Research Outpost, Antarctica

This is one of the most remote research outposts in the world and it’s located 1300 km from the South Pole. This place exhibits some crazy winter temperatures. How does -128.6°F sound? That was the world record set on July 21, 1983. On average, the temperature sits around -85°F. You don’t want to know what the warmest temperature ever recorded was…….. Ok. Yes, you do. 10°F!

Well, that was fun. Can’t wait for Spring…

Susie Martin
WeatherNation Meteorologist

2 responses to “Top 5 Coldest Inhabited Places on Earth

  1. OMGGGG I was curious how cold was cold but…DANG! I cant even wrap my mind around that. How is gods name do you get anything done outside during those temps? What clothes did folks wear back years ago before the materials we use today in severe temps?lawlssss
    the coldest Ive ever been was in Fairbanks Alaska back in 1970.A measly -12 and it froze my lases getting off th plane. : )

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


A trail sign, weighed down by granite summit rocks, are no match for the power of 100-120 mph winds!🎥: Mount Wash…

47 minutes ago by WeatherNation

From #severe and heat in the plains, to #snow and cold in the northeast, this week will run the spectrum of fall.…

2 hours ago by WeatherNation

Happy Tuesday! A look at today's high temperatures:

4 hours ago by WeatherNation

#Baseball's Fall Classic begins tonight as the #ChicagoCubs visit the #ClevelandIndians for Game 1. The forecast: k…

5 hours ago by WeatherNation

POW! ZING! CRASH! Holy Lightning Batman!Rain in #SoCal may be a rarity, but it came in with a BANG on Monday.…

7 hours ago by WeatherNation

Okay, no way this is happening yet right? Wrong. This is from Sunday! #NHwx #MountWashington

7 hours ago by WeatherNation

#NewEngland #Snow: Another round of wintry weather will impact the #Northeast by Thursday!

8 hours ago by WeatherNation

A month's worth of #rain in a day for Las Vegas, NV on Monday: #nvwx

10 hours ago by WeatherNation

The fall colors may be fading in Barry, #Minnesota, but the sunsets are vibrant. Photo: @carolbauer320

12 hours ago by WeatherNation

Heavy downpours cause major flooding in Bandung, Indonesia, and several other towns on Monday. Video: rdwnrmdn/Inst…

13 hours ago by WeatherNation

It was a snowy drive through Mount Washington in New Hampshire yesterday. Video: Manoj Singh #NHwx

14 hours ago by WeatherNation

Hurricane #Seymour is expected to become a major hurricane within the next day. More:

15 hours ago by WeatherNation

Always something beautiful about the contrast between the fall colors and the snow, like this one in Goshen, VT. Ph…

16 hours ago by WeatherNation

With early-season #snow, a reminder to shake trees to avoid scenes like this! From over the weekend: #vtwx

16 hours ago by WeatherNation

See what time severe storms are most likely for the central U.S. Tuesday.

17 hours ago by WeatherNation

A beautiful and snowy scene in New Hampshire​. This out of The #MountWashington​ area. –…

18 hours ago by WeatherNation

Heading to game 1 of the #WorldSeries tomorrow? Make sure to dress warmly with temps in the 40s. Who do you have: C…

18 hours ago by WeatherNation

Bad case of the Monday's? This should help!The Best Weather News Bloopers:

20 hours ago by WeatherNation

It was a rainy start in #SoCal this morning. Clouds are clearing now & dry weather is expected until the next syste…

21 hours ago by WeatherNation
Follow Us