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Children get a day off school, but only because thermometer hits minus 45C or below

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 December 2016

It takes truly extreme cold for Yakutian students to miss out on their classes: but the big freeze has arrived (except in Chersky).

This was the coldest day of the winter so far in Yakutsk, the chilliest city in the world. Picture: Mikhail Mestnikov

The capital of Yakutia - officially known as the Sakha Republic - today hit minus 45, which meant children from grades 1 to 5 - aged 7 to 12) were ordered to stay home. 

This was the coldest day of the winter so far in Yakutsk, the chilliest city in the world. Older kids? They still had to attend classes. 

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Children get a day off school, but only because thermometer hits minus 45C or below. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Elsewhere in the region it was even frostier. Temperatures in the village of Zhigansk dropped to minus 50C degrees. 

Here the local administration cancelled classes for all students from grades 1 to 11.

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The capital of Yakutia - officially known as the Sakha Republic - today hit minus 45, elsewhere in the region it was even frostier. Pictures: @yakutiaphoto, @maximshirikov, @aytalana_serg3003, @sereja_bens, @alenaaleshin, @86droman

In the city of Verkhoyansk, it plunged to minus 51C. Lessons were canceled for the students from grades 1 to 7. 

In the nearby village of Batagai the thermometer dropped to minus 53C but students in grades 10 to 11 were still expected at school.

In Olekminsk district, the temperature dropped to minus 45C. In all towns classes were cancelled from grades 1 to 8. In Lensk the temperature dropped to minus 45C degrees and classes were halted for pupils up to grade 9. 

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The big freeze has arrived all across Yakutia except in Chersky. Picture: The Siberian Times

But there was a strange weather anomaly in a region famed for diamonds and woolly mammoths. In Chersky, not famed for its temperate climate, the thermometer showed PLUS 4C.

The snow was melting. Warm air caused the peculiarity, arriving from the shores of Kamchatka, say experts. 

But that made for a range of temperatures the same day in Yakutia of an exceptional 57C degree. The weather keeps surprising us.

Comments (1)

Well, kids are thrilled to have an extra holiday, I am sure. And Russian kids are getting good results in PISA trials - http://en.news-original.ru/russian-schools-are-better-than-american-and-european-international-pisa-ranking.html -so I guess it doesn’t hurt them too much. And these days, kids have so much to do on computers and tablets, they probably won’t be all that bored. Smaller ones could be better off using coloring pages, of course - http://colorkid.net/coloring-pages-seasons/coloring-pages-seasons-winter – instead of staring endlessly on one of their LCD screens. Anyway, respect to people who are able to live in those conditions.
Olga Izmailova, SPB
09/01/2017 16:59
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