Thermometers in the Russian region of Yakutia have measured temperatures as low as minus 89 degrees Fahrenheit, The Associated Press reports.
Temperatures are nearing record lows throughout the region. In the village of Oymyakon, the local thermometer registered minus 80 degrees before it broke from the cold, The Siberian Times reports.
Schools were canceled in areas where students routinely attend in minus 40 degree weather. Two men were found dead over the weekend from exposure after trying to walk for help after their car broke down, according to the AP
While the weather is not exceptional to people living in the Yakutia region, some have taken the chance to pull stunts in the extreme cold. Chinese tourists found an ice-free spring to swim in, winning fame among the locals. A ballerina posed for photos in minus 42 degrees.
Market stalls selling frozen fish remained open all day no matter the temperature.
Oymyakon experienced the coldest temperature ever measured in Russia in 2013 at minus 96 degrees Fahrenheit. At those temperatures, cars are left running all day, cell phones do not work and the villagers are to eat a strict diet of reindeer and horse meat because nothing else can grow.
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