Meet the Crazy Place with the Wildest Temperature Swings on Earth

Like it -90 Fahrenheit in the winter and 101.8 in the summer? Go here.

Back in January, the small Siberian village of Oymyakon, which is located about 576 miles east of Yakutsk, went viral for being the coldest inhabited place on Earth. It was so cold there that residents posted selfies of their eyelashes literally coated in frost, and the public thermometer there logged in -74 degrees Fahrenheit before shattering from the pressure of the intense cold.

The entire area around Yakutsk is famous for its freezing temperatures, but if you thought that the people who live there can at least reap the benefits of a cooler climate in the summertime, think again. Temperatures soared up to 101.8 degrees Fahrenheit during last weekend's heat wave in the northern hemisphere. It's a serious issue, especially in the villages, where most people do not have AC.

The same Russian woman who went viral back in January for posting the above photo of eyelashes encased in ice has not gone viral again for another photo of her swarmed by mosquitoes in the intense heat. The photos are making the rounds on social media internationally for illustrating the extremity of weather in this region.

In fact, the entire area around the Siberian "cold pole" has made it into the Guiness Book of World Records for the greatest temperature range on Earth, with temperatures that can go from -90 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 98 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. The fact that the weather there has broken its previous record is no doubt of concern to anyone worrying about rising global temperatures and climate change.

As was the case in the wintertime, however, Russian residents are taking the scorching heat in stride, posting artistic photos of fiery sunsets and streets glistening after the respite of rain.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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