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The Coldest Places on Earth

By Chris Dolce
Published: December 12, 2013

Antarctica

We begin our look at the coldest temperatures ever recorded on all seven continents in the world's coldest location: Antarctica.

NASA

The image above shows the location of the -135.8 satellite sensed temperature reading compared to the location of the Vostok weather station.

A recent report from NASA says that satellites have remotely sensed temperatures as low as -135.8 degrees in the East Antarctic Plateau on Aug. 10, 2010. Since this temperature was observed remotely and not from a land-based weather station, it's not an official world record.

The World Meteorological Organization recognizes the Russian Vostok Research Station as the record holder in Antarctica with a bone-chilling temperature of -128.6 degrees on July 21, 1983. The Vostok station is also located in eastern Antarctica, to the south of where the satellite-sensed temperatures in the -130s were measured.

(MORE: Vostok, Antarctica Weather Now)

According to Chris Burt of Weather Underground, the single coldest month on record at Vostok was August 1987 when the average temperature over the entire month was -104 degrees.

The warmest temperature ever recorded at Vostok was 10 degrees above zero on Jan. 11, 2002.

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