Ever wondered what it’s like to live in the coldest city on the planet? This video shows the realities of living in a city where temperatures regularly drop to -71C or -95F in Siberia.
YouTuber Shares What It's Like To Live In The Coldest City On Earth
Kiun B, a Siberia native shared a video on YouTube that outlines the experience of her sister that lives there.
Titled, What We Wear at -71°C (-95°F)? Yakutia, Siberia”, it focuses on the local clothing that’s designed to keep people warm in the unforgiving cold of the city Yakutsk.
The video begins with Dayana, her sister in the cold with frosted skin bundled up in a jacket.
She then cuts to how they layer on clothes when preparing to go outside. She added that while staying fashionable can be a challenge when they’re bulking up so heavily, they have traditional, ornamental embroidery on their boots, caps, and gloves.
She also uses mink fur to create a more formal and feminine silhouette which keeps her warm while also looking chic.
For daily wear however, they opt for more common gortex style materials and puffer jackets.
They then head out to the market where fish and meats are naturally frozen in the cold air and on display outside.
They then ask the local fishermen how they manage to stand outside for hours as they hawk their goods. The answer? Just more clothes.
While they say it’s extremely difficult to keep standing outside, they make sure to take shift and go inside to keep warm whenever they can. They also add that they’ve gotten used to it.
One terrifying detail that Kiun reveals is that in the harsh cold, it’s best not to wear glasses outside since the metal stick to the skin, and removing them could potentially take chunks of skin with it.
She reveals that only 5 to 10 minutes can lead to fatigue, pain, and long-lasting aches.
She also added that staying in the cold longer than 20 minutes can be challenging for even the hardiest natives.
Luckily, their local transport system ensures people can get a warm commute and don’t have to wait outside too long. Those with cars however need to invest in heated garages.
Ultimately, the best way to shield yourself from the cold was to layer on the coats and the furs and ensure you don’t stay out for too long.