19 Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded Were Frigid

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19 Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded Were Frigid

Even though it might seem as though the world is getting hotter, there are still plenty of areas on the Earth where the temperatures are freezing. Of course, when discussing the coldest temperatures ever to be recorded, you are not talking about your average winter chill. 

Instead, you’re talking about temperatures where it’s life-threatening to be outside for more than a few minutes. You’re talking about environments where you need multiple layers to stand outside for a few seconds. With this in mind, let’s look at 19 of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in Fahrenheit. 

19. North Korea

North Korea has seen some of the lowest temperatures of all time.
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  • Date: January 12, 1933
  • Town: Chunggangjin
  • Temperature: -46.5 degrees

18. Nepal

Nepal is well known for its very cold climate.
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  • Date: Unknown date
  • Town: Sagarmatha
  • Temperature: -49.0 degrees

17. Germany

Sunset above a frozen mountain lake in the alps. Sunset above the Kirchsee lake in Bavaria, Germany.
Bavaria, Germany is known for its super cold winters.
  • Date: December 24, 2001
  • Town: Funtensee, Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria
  • Temperature: -50.6 degrees

16. Turkey

A view from Caldiran, Van, Turkey
Certain areas of Turkey can see very low temperatures during the winter months.
  • Date: January 9, 1990
  • Town: Caldiran, Van Province
  • Temperature: -51.5 degrees

15. Italy

aerial view of Pale di San Martino and Passo Rolle covered with snow in winter, Trento, Italy
Winter-capped areas in Italy can get colder and colder during the winter months.
  • Date: February 10, 2013
  • Town: Busa Fradusta, Pale di San Martino
  • Temperature: -57.3 degrees

14. Norway

Amazing view of Bergen harbor in winter at sunrise, Norway
Norway is known for being one of the colder places on Earth.
  • Date: January 1, 1886
  • Town: Karasjok, Finnmark (then part of Sweden-Norway)
  • Temperature: -60.5 degrees

13. Finland

Beautiful winter landscape with wooden hut and snow covered trees in Lapland Finland
Finland is a great place for those who love cold winters.
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  • Date: January 28, 1999
  • Town: Pokka, Kittila, Lapland
  • Temperature: -60.7 degrees

12. Afghanistan

High view of Shahrak E Gharb district in Tehran city in a foggy day , Iran
Afghanistan has cold winters both in its cities and mountain ranges.
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  • Date: January 1964
  • Town: Shahrak
  • Temperature: -62 degrees

11. Sweden

Panorama over winter forest, frozen river and heavy dark blue snowy clouds above. Typical Northern Sweden landscape - birch and spruce tree covered by hoarfrost - very cold day, Lappland, Sweden
Lappland, Sweden has the 11th coldest temperature of all time.
  • Date: February 2, 1966
  • Town: Vuoggatjalme, Lappland
  • Temperature: -62.7 degrees

10. Austria

Skiwelt ski resort in Austrian alps, Brixen im Thale, aerial view, Austria
Austria has extremely cold mountain ranges where temperatures drop fast.
  • Date: February 19, 1932
  • Town: Grunloch doline
  • Temperature: -62.7 degrees

9. China

Winter in "Snow Village" in Heilongjiang, China
Winter snow in a village in Heilongjiang, China.
  • Date: January 22, 2023
  • Town: Mohe City, Heilongjiang
  • Temperature: -63.4 degrees

8. Kyrgyzstan

Panorama of Kamchik pass in winter. Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan is recognized as one of the coldest countries in the world.
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  • Date: Unknown date
  • Town: Fergana Valley
  • Temperature: -64.5 degrees

7. Mongolia

beautiful snowy landscape with mountains in the background. Steppe landscape of the Altai mountains or Mongolia. Severe frost.
Mongolia has plenty of mountainous ranges where cold temperatures are common.
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  • Date: December 31, 1976
  • Town: Zuungovi, Uvs Province 
  • Temperature: -67.5 degrees

6. India

A view of Dal Lake in winter, and the beautiful mountain range in the background in the city of Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
Northern areas in India can see frequent cold temperatures below zero.
  • Date: January 14, 2020
  • Town: Siachen Glacier, Ladakh
  • Temperature: -70.6 degrees

5. United States

A photo of a moose in winter in the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska sees the coldest temperatures anywhere in the United States.
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  • Date: January 23, 1971
  • Town: Prospect Creek, Alaska
  • Temperature: -80 degrees

4. Canada

An aerial view of a landscape with mountain ranges and forests covered in snow in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
The Yukon area in Canada is unsurprisingly cold for many months during the year.
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  • Date: February 3, 1947
  • Town: Snag, Yukon
  • Temperature: -81.4 degrees

3. Russia

Winter landscape of the village Oymyakon with traditional wooden houses and smoke from the chimneys, one of the coldest permanently inhabited settlements on Earth, Sakha Republic, Russia, -48 °C
Certain areas of Russia see temperatures well below freezing throughout the year.
  • Date: February 6, 1933
  • Town: Verkoyansk and Omyyakon (Sakha Republic)
  • Temperature: -90.0 degrees

2. Greenland

Telecommunication tower Antenna. View from a nearby hill, overlooking the town of Illulisat, West Greenland .
Certain areas of Greenland are among the coldest on Earth.
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  • Date: December 22, 1991
  • Town: Klinck Automated Weather Station
  • Temperature: -93.3 degrees

1. Antarctica

Snow slopes in Antarctica landscape. Antarctica landscape. Cold Antarctica mountains. Antarctica scene
Antarctica has the coldest temperatures on Earth and is dangerous to people.
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  • Date: July 21, 1983
  • Town: Vostok Station
  • Temperature: -128.6 degrees

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