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Oymyakon, Indigirka River, Sakha Republic, Russia

Oymyakon, Indigirka River, Sakha Republic, Russia

Sometimes the temperature drops below 0 °C (32 °F) in late September and may remain negative until mid-May. In Oymyakon it sometimes happens that the average minimum temperature for January, February and December remains below −50 °C (−58 °F). Sometimes summer months can also be quite cold, but June and July are the only months where temperature has never been dropped below −10 °C (14 °F). Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk are the only two permanently inhabited places in the world that had been recorded temperatures below −60 °C (−76 °F) every day of January.
Although winters in Oymyakon are long and excessively cold, summers are mild, sometimes with hot, and very hot days. The warmest month on record is July 2010 with an average temperature of +18.7 °C (65.66 °F). In June, July and August temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F) are not rare during the day. On July 28, 2010, Oymyakon recorded a record high temperature of 34.6 °C (94 °F), yielding a temperature range of 102.3 °C (184.1 °F). Verkhoyansk and Yakutsk are the only other places in the world with a temperature amplitude higher than 100 °C (180 °F).
The climate is quite dry, but as average monthly temperatures are below freezing for 7 months of the year, substantial evaporation occurs only in summer months. Summers are much wetter than winters.

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