Dress like a cabbage’: Surviving the world’s coldest city

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YAKUTSK: Temperatures have plunged to minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) this week in Yakutsk during an abnormally long cold snap in the Siberian city known as the coldest on earth.
Located 5,000 km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow on the permafrost of the Russian Far East, residents of the mining city often see the thermometer regularly drop well below minus 40.
“You can’t fight it. You either adjust and dress accordingly or you suffer,” said Anastasia Gruzdeva, outside in two scarves, two pairs of gloves and multiple hats and hoods.

Russia's Yakutsk hit by extreme sub-zero temperatures

Vendor Yegor Dyachkovsky, 45, poses for a picture at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia.

“You don’t really feel the cold in the city. Or maybe it’s just the brain prepares you for it, and tells you everything is normal,” she added in the city shrouded by icy mist.

Russia's Yakutsk hit by extreme sub-zero temperatures

A pedestrian crosses a road on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia.

Another resident, Nurgusun Starostina, who sells frozen fish at a market without the need for a fridge or freezer, said there were no special secrets to deal with the cold.

Russia's Yakutsk hit by extreme sub-zero temperatures

Vendor Svetlana Belyayeva poses for a picture at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia.

“Just dress warmly,” she said. “In layers, like a cabbage!”

Russia's Yakutsk hit by extreme sub-zero temperatures

A view shows an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia.



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