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Antarctica: Lowest Temperature

Record Value -89.2°C (-129°F)
Date of Event 21/7/1983
Length of Record 1912-present
Instrumentation Maximum/Minimum Thermometer in Standard Stevenson Screen
Geospatial Location Vostok, Antarctica [77°32'S, 106°40'E, elevation: 3420 m]

References

Information Bulletin of the Soviet Antarctic Expedition (No. 105)

Discussion

Extreme cold resulted from absence of solar radiation, clear skies, calm air and high elevation.

Vostok, Antarctica [77°32'S, 106°40'E, elevation: 3420 m]

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Vostok Station

Vostok, Antarctica [77°32'S, 106°40'E, elevation: 3420 m]

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Vostok Station