6. Astana, Kazakhstan.
Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is considered as one of the strangest cities on the planet. Winter has engulfed the city leading to drop in temperatures up to minus – 89.6 °F. Due to this, several schools had to be shut down for weeks at a time. Weather experts believe that the sudden change in climate is a result of high winds gusting up to 34 miles/hr. In January of 2017, the average temperature in the city was recorded to be – 54.5 °F.
7. Stjørdal, Norway.
Stjørdal, a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway, is home to several towns. The region experiences cold winter for at least a third of the year and temperatures can usually plunge to -4 °F.
8. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The winter season is usually beautiful in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, even though it’s cold. Temperatures usually range from -68 °F to – 113 °F and the winters are long and harsh. The capital city is known for its tourism as tourists flock here in summer to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and the beautiful landscapes. For those who are well prepared, the Mongolian winters often result in incredible landscapes along with nomadic culture.
9. International Falls, Minnesota.
International Falls, Minnesota, might not be as cold as the rest of the cities and towns listed here but it is one of the coldest places in the contiguous United States. The city has a population of 6,703 people who live in the border between the U.S. and Canada. Winters are long and cold in International Falls and the average temperature is 2.8 °F. For more than 60 nights every year, the city faces temperatures below zero with approximately 65.5 inches of annual snowfall.
10. Oymyakon, Russia.
Oymyakon, Russia, is the coldest location in the Northern Hemisphere. The city in Siberia recorded a low of – 90 °F. Around 500 to 800 people call this uninhabitable place as home. Even when the temperatures drop below – 52 °F, schools as well as businesses stay open. The city is so cold that people have to keep their cars running 24/7 to stop them from freezing. Plumbing as well as sewage is also a huge issue since freezing causes blockages within the system.
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