Coldest ever temperature on Earth recorded

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Walter Huber/Mood Board/REX (1281187a) Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Riiser Larsen Ice Shelf Wildlife
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Walter Huber/Mood Board/REX (1281187a) Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Riiser Larsen Ice Shelf Wildlife


The coldest ever temperature on Earth has been recorded as -94.7C in East Antarctica.

Scientists reviewed NASA satellite data which showed that temperatures dropped to -135.8F in August 2010.

According to the BBC, the previous record low was -89.2C, also measured in Antarctica.

"These very low temperatures are hard to imagine, I know," said Ted Scambos from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

"The new low is a good 50 degrees colder than temperatures in Alaska or Siberia, and about 30 degrees colder than the summit of Greenland."

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Scambos said the temperatures would not appear in the Guinness Book of World Records as they were measured by satellite, not thermometers.

The research came after studies of snow dunes when scientists noticed cracks in the snow and wanted to know if the top layer of snow was shrinking, which led to them searching for temperature data.

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