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Antarctica hits coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth: -135.8

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The next time you step outside and the cold takes your breath away, just be thankful you aren't in Antarctica. According to an article published by Yahoo! News on Dec. 9, new data from a NASA satellite revealed that Antarctica hit the astounding temperature of -135.8 degrees.

Yahoo! News reports that the new data shows that Antarctica hit a record temperature of 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero in August of 2010. That is 7.2 degrees cooler than the previous record of -128.6 degrees, which was set on July 21, 1983.

Scientists say that at -135.8 degrees it would literally hurt to breathe. In fact, reports indicate that some scientists who regularly work in temperatures of 100 degrees below zero use snorkels in the sleeves of their coats to breathe so the air has time to warm up before they breathe it into their lungs.

For comparison, NOAA.gov reports that the coldest temperature in the U.S. at the time of this publication is -34 in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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