Just over 110 years ago, an unofficial temperature of 57.6 degrees C—(134 degrees F) was recorded in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California. Recently as the planet warms other countries are threatening that unofficial record. However, climate change is not just about warming temperatures around the world, as parts of Siberia proved in the last couple of days.
Temperatures plummeted to minus 56 degrees Celsius (minus 69 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday and Tuesday, in the Sakha Republic, located in Siberia and known as one of the coldest inhabited areas on Earth. In the city of Yakutsk, one of the world's coldest cities, temperatures fell below minus 50 C, according to the region's weather stations.
According to Reuters, Yakutsk, which lies some 5,000 km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, the temperature was around minus 44 C to minus 47 C. Temperatures of minus 50 C have become less common in recent years because of climate change, with permafrost showing increasing signs of thawing. In the Russian capital, some of the biggest snowfalls ever seen on Dec. 3 left swathes of Moscow blanketed in drifts of more than 35 cm of snow in just one day.
By the way, the coldest temp ever recorded here on earth is −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) on the Antarctic in July 1983. . .