It's been a chilly Christmas in Russia so far this year as thermometers plunge. With Siberia at -50 degrees C (-58F) and Moscow, -25 degrees C (-13F), 90 Russians have died and more than 600 have been hospitalized.
Temperatures are 10-15 degrees below the December norm due to an anticyclone, but meteorologists hope that temperature will rise for Christmas day. However, they say this will only apply to the European portion of the country, and that Siberia and other regions to the east will continue to be icy cold for the rest of the week.
The coldest-ever weather has caused the evacuation of hundreds of people in Siberia, where temperatures plunged below -51 degrees C.
The town of Kyshtym in the Urals sees 14,000 people waiting for their central heating to be restored. A break in the central pipe on Sunday left residents anxious and cold temperatures plunged to -24 degrees C (-11F) outside.
On top of this, flights and buses have been cancelled and delayed, there have been many power outages at the worse possible time and many schools have had to be closed.
Yakutia, which makes up the bigger part of Russia’s Far East, will be facing temperatures of -54 degrees C (-65F).
A state of emergency has been declared in the Urals, with over 2,800 people evacuated from the village of Khovu-Aksy. In the Republic of Tyva, temperatures dropped to -38 degrees C (-36F). It was necessary to send a helicopter to evacuate children and women from the area. Authorities are rushing to repair central heating pipes in the area, as the evacuees stay with relatives.
Moscow was freezing cold last night at -25 degrees C (-13F), but it looks like temperatures will be a toasty -2 degrees C (28F) for Christmas day.