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Lowest Recorded Temperatures

Below is a table of the lowest recorded temperatures in history. Vostok, Antarctica, tops the list, dropping to a bone-chilling -129 degrees in 1983.

 Place Date Degrees
Fahrenheit
Degrees
Celsius
World (Antarctica) Vostok July 21, 1983 –129 –89
Asia Oimekon, RussiaFeb. 6, 1933 –90 –68
 Verkhoyansk, RussiaFeb. 7, 1892–90–68
Greenland Northice Jan. 9, 1954 –87 –66
North America (excl. Greenland) Snag, Yukon, Canada Feb. 3, 1947 –81 –63
United States Prospect Creek, Alaska Jan. 23, 1971 –80 –62
U.S. (excl. Alaska)Rogers Pass, Mont. Jan. 20, 1954 –70 –56.5
Europe Ust 'Shchugor, RussiaJan.1–67 –55
South America Sarmiento, Argentina June 1, 1907 –27 –33
Africa Ifrane, Morocco Feb. 11, 1935 –11 –24
Australia Charlotte Pass, N.S.W. June 29, 1994 –9–22
OceaniaMauna Kea, HawaiiMay 17, 197912–11
1. Exact date unknown; lowest in 15-year period.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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