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If you're a late riser who can only tolerate spending five to ten minutes outside of the house, the city of Yakutsk, Russia, might just be for you. There's only one catch: Yakutsk comes with temperatures of -50 C, making it the coldest city in the world.
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Photos: Here's what life is like in Earth's coldest city


Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Monday, January 30, 2017, 5:10 PM - If you're a late riser who can only tolerate spending five to ten minutes outside of the house, the city of Yakutsk, Russia, might just be for you.

There's only one catch: Yakutsk comes with temperatures of -50 C, making it the coldest city in the world.


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Located in eastern Siberia, Yakutsk is home to roughly 280,000 residents -- all of which are familiar with a handful of survival tactics that help them carry out daily life in dangerously cold temperatures.

"Stepping off the plane from Moscow into the brutal, brittle cold of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia, I could hardly believe that humans could survive, let alone thrive in such harsh conditions," says Adam Mynott, a reporter who ventured to the relentlessly cold city on assignment for the BBC.

"The coldest temperature I experienced in my few days in Siberia was -53 C," Mynott recalled in his report. "This was so cold that after no more than a few minutes outside, exposed skin started to smart with pain, damp surfaces in my nostrils froze, and toes and fingers turned uncomfortably cold very quickly, despite three layers of thick socks and two pairs of gloves."

January holds an average temperature -40 C, though temperatures colder than -50 C are not out of the ordinary at this time of year. Fur coats and reindeer boots are everyday attire, yet locals try not to spend more than 20 minutes outdoors at a time.

Below is a collection of photos from Yakutsk, showing a glimpse into the life of those living in the coldest habitable place on Earth.

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