Imagine a place where the climate is so harsh that the average temperature year-round is always in the negative, it snows almost half of the year, and harsh winds commonly set chills up your spine. Believe it or not, people actually live in these environments and call these destinations their home.
The truth is that if you live in one of the worlds coldest places you may slightly adjust to the climate, but if you’re visiting, you must take caution. Cold weather – especially in a place with record-breaking low temperatures – brings many health hazards. Some of them include hypothermia, frostbite, colds and flu, heart attacks and depression.
“In the United States, about 700 deaths occur each year from hypothermia,” Consumer Reports explains. “To prevent hypothermia, wear warm, multi-layered clothing with good hand and feet protection and a warm hat or hood.”
From Alaska to Russia, Greenland and Canada, the coldest places are located all over the world. But the most freezing temperature recorded was in Vostok, Antarctica. According to Current Results, on July 21, 1983, the record for the coldest temperature ever hit an all new low of -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
With help from the annual records on weatherbase.com, I have compiled a list of the coldest places in the world.