World's coldest inhabited town: Life at -50C

Trinity Mirror

With the autumnal chill hitting Britain, we're all wrapping up as the cold months approach.

But while we like to have a good moan about the weather, in reality us Brits have no idea how good we have it.

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One photographer braved a journey to the small village of Oymyakon, in the Siberian tundra, which is believed to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICS.

Here temperatures regularly sink as low as -50C, and now, as winter approaches, the 500 residents who live there are having to cope with the bitter conditions on a daily basis.

Amos Chapple, of New Zealand, took his camera to the Russian village for a two-day trip to discover how they manage.

"I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into -47C," he said.

"I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs... The other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips," he told

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During his visit, he managed to document how residents cope day to day with the bitter conditions.

Every day items are under constant threat of freezing over - and the ground in constantly frozen, so there is little indoor plumbing.

As a result, most bathrooms are outhouses. Before funerals, locals have to light a bonfire to soften the ground ahead of a burial. The village has recorded a record low temperature of -71.2C in 1924.