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Russian children are sent home from school as temperatures hit MINUS 48C – and rush outside to play

Brrrrrreak time! Russian children are sent home from school as temperatures hit MINUS 48C in world’s coldest city – and rush straight outside to play in the snow

  • Video footage shows school children playing in the snow in Yakutsk, Russia
  • They were sent home from school as temperatures sank to minus 48C
  • But stray animals in the city were not having as much fun – dogs and cats were left to endure the blistering temperatures as Yakutsk has few shelters for strays

Children were sent home from school in the world’s coldest city as temperatures sank to minus 48C – but then the hardy young locals went straight outside to play.

A video of the pupils in Yakutsk, Russia happily romping in the perishing conditions went viral, with one comment saying: ‘They must put antifreeze in their milk.’

Another read: ‘It takes balls to survive this climate. But it takes Russians to play in this climate.’

The children were happily romping in the snow despite the temperature dropping to minus 48C

Children were sent home from school in the world’s coldest city as temperatures sank to minus 48C – but then the hardy young locals went straight outside to play

The streets of Yakutsk are covered with snow as children are sent home from school due to the freezing temperatures

The streets of Yakutsk are covered with snow as children are sent home from school due to the freezing temperatures

Schools here close at temperatures between minus minus 42C and minus 50C, depending on the amount of wind chill and the age of the children. Pictured: Icicles form on a frozen bike

Schools here close at temperatures between minus minus 42C and minus 50C, depending on the amount of wind chill and the age of the children. Pictured: Icicles form on a frozen bike 

Schools here close at temperatures between minus minus 42C and minus 50C, depending on the amount of wind chill and the age of the children.

Some 425 miles east in the world’s coldest village Oymyakon, students are required in their classes unless it hits minus 52C for the youngest, or minus 56C for those of secondary age.

But animals in Yakutsk were not enjoying the blistering temperatures.

A video shows the toll on stray dogs and cats – many of which were rounded up for vaccinations and neutering under Russia’s new laws on unwanted pets roaming the streets.

But animals in Yakutsk were not enjoying the blistering temperatures

But animals in Yakutsk were not enjoying the blistering temperatures

Stray dogs and cats brace the freezing temperatures. Many of the animals are rounded up for vaccinations and neutering under Russia's new laws on unwanted pets roaming the streets

Stray dogs and cats brace the freezing temperatures. Many of the animals are rounded up for vaccinations and neutering under Russia’s new laws on unwanted pets roaming the streets

A stray dog is forced to brave the Arctic frost as Yakutsk has few animal shelters

A stray dog, with frozen snow on its face, is left outside without shelter in the freezing conditions

A local volunteer group has been flagging cases of freezing animals in the ultra-cold spell

But then they were forced back outside into the bone-cracking Arctic frost because the city – capital of Russia’s diamond region Yakutia, also known as the Republic of Sakha – has no proper animal shelter for strays.

A local volunteer group has been flagging cases of freezing animals in the ultra-cold spell.

‘Their call for help came too late for a tragic mother cat, filmed meowing in the snow,’ said one report

‘She froze to death several hours later along with her litter.

‘At least one dog froze to death, too, with dozens seen helplessly waiting to be allowed by the blocks of flats, shops, or sleeping in the snow.’

A stray dog curls up into a tight ball as tries to retain some of its body heat in the blistering conditions

A stray dog curls up into a tight ball as tries to retain some of its body heat in the blistering conditions

The region's chief vet Petr Petrov said the lack of shelters was a problem in the city. Pictured: A stray dog is pictured frozen to death in Yakutsk

The region’s chief vet Petr Petrov said the lack of shelters was a problem in the city. Pictured: A stray dog is pictured frozen to death in Yakutsk

The region’s chief vet Petr Petrov said the lack of shelters was a problem in the city.

‘One of the biggest issues with implementing the new law (on vaccinating and neutering) is the absence of shelters,’ he said.

It means the animals are rounded up – but then released into the deep cold. An existing facility was not up to standard, he said.

The temperature of minus 48C is a full 20C colder than the lowest ever recorded temperature in the UK.

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