As we approach the festive season, it is time to think about snuggling up in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa and our favourite people. But spare a thought for anyone stuck in the coldest place on earth!
For the ultimate chill, there is an ice ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau that has the lowest ever recorded temperature on earth. The temperature here plummets to a mind blowing minus 148 degrees Fahrenheit. This is probably as cold as it is possible to get on our planet.
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The darkest winter months here are between July and August and scientists have been collecting data here between 2004 and 2016. Previously, the lowest temperature recorded was minus 135 degrees Fahrenheit but after recent amendments, factoring in the dryness of the atmosphere, that pushes the figure down by a further 9 degrees.
The weather was coldest on the highest elevations of the ice sheet, at around twelve and a half thousand feet.
It is no surprise then, that Antarctica has no permanent human residents. It is simply too inhospitable. If they did decide to set up home there, they could only last outside for approximately for 3 minutes. Even minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit is enough to give someone a nasty case of frostbite! Better left uninhabited.