The world’s coldest village, in Siberia, has reached near-record low temperatures, literally breaking the thermometer.
The remote village of Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.
People actually live in the icy village despite their eyelashes becoming covered in frost, minutes after stepping outside.
A new electronic thermometer stopped working after recording a painful -62C, while locals recorded temperatures as low as -68C.
The digital thermometer was installed last year to help Oymyakon market itself to tourists, but it gave up at -62C, reports The Siberian Times.
The village is home to around 500 of the hardiest people alive and in the 1920s and 1930s was a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring.
The Soviet government later made the site a permanent settlement during a drive to force its nomadic population into putting down roots.
In 1933, a temperature of -67.7C was recorded in Oymyakon, accepted as the lowest ever in the northern hemisphere.
The town’s name literally translates as ‘the water that doesn’t freeze’ due to the thermal spring.
The people of Oymyakon encounter issues that you’d never think of including pen ink freezing, glasses freezing and batteries losing power.
Locals are said to leave their cars running all day out of fear for not being able to start them again.
Imagine the heating bill.