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The temperatures have really been soaring and we've all been basking in glorious sunshine. But although we spend much time awaiting the heat, when it arrives many Brits begin complaining that it is just too hot. Maybe now is a good time to start thinking about the people who battle some of the coldest temperatures on earth?

Verkhoyansk in Russia

Around 1,500 people live in this town in Siberia. The average temperature in January is around minus 50°C so it is no wonder that it was here that political exiles were often sent at the end of the nineteenth century. The town is now a centre for gold and tin mining in Russia. The temperature doesn't reach above freezing for around seven months of the year.

Oymyakon in Russia

This town in Russia is often at odds with Verkhoyansk in the debate as to which can claim to be the coldest place in the Northern Hemisphere. Around

800 people live in this distinctly chilly town and while schools in the UK shut at the sign of an inch of snow, schools in this town stay open even when the temperature sinks to minus 50°C. In 1933, a record low temperature of minus 67.7°C was recorded.

Hell in Norway

When the phrase 'When hell freezes over' came about they probably weren't referring to this icy cold town in Norway as it freezes quite often!

Temperatures here regularly reach minus 25°C and this town freezes over for around four months a year but it doesn't stop the tourists making the pilgrimage to have their picture taken in front the town's name sign. The town has around 1,500 residents who are used to the extreme temperatures.

Barrow in Alaska

Unsurprisingly this chilly state features in the list. Barrow is the most northerly city in the US and is 320 miles further north than the edge of the Arctic Circle. It's only 1300 miles south of the North Pole which is around the same distance as Truro to Inverness and back. The city with almost 5,000 residents has been created on permafrost. The sun disappears from view in November and residents don't see sight of it again until the end of January.

They have to wait until the height of summer in July to see the thermometer head above zero, even for just a little bit – so maybe we should celebrate when we are lucky enough to be melting in the heat!

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