The weather in Siberia really is cold, but that doesn’t stop people from going to the market. But the cold snap recently gave even the most hardened residents pause.
Although North America have been struck by very cold winter weather this year, it’s not nearly as cold as in Siberia’s coldest city of Yakutia (Yakutsk). How cold is it there? Well, Temperatures in the Siberian region hit a record minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on January 14, 2018. It was so cold it caused people’s eyelashes to freeze.
School was cancelled – students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees – but the temperatures were too cold to be safe and parents were ordered to keep their children indoors.
Residents of Yakutsk are no strangers to cold weather, but the cold spell was unusual even for them.
Check out their fish market during minus 49 degree weather. In winter the market is like one giant frozen goods aisle. Because the soil is terrible for growing plants, the locals feed mainly on fish and meat. That is the only thing they sell at this market, frozen solid fish in the form of popsicles that people bring home and cook until it is thawed.