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The area or point in each hemisphere that has the lowest mean temperatures. Verkhoyansk in north-eastern Siberia is in the region of the northern-hemisphere cold pole, with a January mean of -50 °C and an absolute minimum of -68 °C. There is a second northern-hemisphere cold pole at Snag, Yukon, where the January average temperature is -28.1°C. The southern-hemisphere cold pole is at Vostok Station, Antarctica, where the average August temperature is -67.6°C and where -89.2°C (the lowest temperature ever recorded on the Earth's surface) was recorded on 21 July 1983.

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