This winter has been particularly harsh for several areas of the world. The recent news that has come out of a specific region in Russia, however, takes the cake when it comes to extreme winter weather.
On Tuesday, TIME reported that the Yakutia region of Russia, home to 1 million people, is currently experiencing -88.6 degree (F) weather. While this region is used to being one of the coldest on earth, these temperatures are quickly nearing record-lows.
Yakutia is known for being diamond-rich and extremely cold. People that live in the area, 3,300 miles east of Moscow, pride themselves on being able to withstand anything. In fact, students regularly attend school when the temperatures plummet to -40 degrees.
This week, however, school has been canceled throughout the region. Local authorities are cautioning everyone to stay at home, understandably so.
While the spirits have reportedly been relatively high under the circumstances, some sad news has occurred from the drastic weather. Two men froze to death while walking from a broken down vehicle to a nearby farm. There were three other men with them at the time, but they were wearing warmer clothes and survived.
On Tuesday, Yakutia's governor said that they have been working tirelessly to make sure that central heating systems are functioning and that there is access to backup generators.
For the most part, the residents in the region have kept smiles on their faces. TIME reported that they are so used to the cold weather that this particular cold spell isn't even the main focus of the local news outlets. Residents have been taking to social media to show the struggles of the cold.
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