5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Afanasiy Andreev, local resident:
"I was born in Yakutsk and I'm living here for the time being so I'm used to this cold. Minus 50 degrees is pretty normal for our city."
6. Cars on street
7. Man at bus stop
8. People at bus stop
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Kuznetsov, local resident:
"The main rule (to remain warm) is not to stand in one place and to keep going and going. That's the main thing. When you move, you stay warm."
10. People walking
11. Exterior of hydrometeorological center of Yakutia
12. Temperature sign reading "- 47 Celsius" (-52.6 Fahrenheit)
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Tatiana Marshalik, head of the hydrometeorological center of Yakutia:
"The recent cold front, or hard frost, in our republic is in principle a normal phenomenon but in the past 14 years, since 2006, we haven't had such a harsh winter in Yakutia."
14. Car pulling up
15. Man pulling heating cover from trunk
16. Man putting cover over car
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Anton Karpov, driver:
"When I cover the car, I can cut the ignition. There's a timer connected to the alarm, so if the (internal) temperature drops to minus 10 then the car ignites itself to warm up the engine, after which it turns off again. So there are about two auto-ignitions per night."
The Siberian region of Yakutia has experienced the longest cold spell in fourteen years, with temperatures having dipped below 40 degrees Celsius over a month ago— an abnormally long period even for this northern region.
This week, temperatures are due to drop even further to around minus 50 degrees, and school children have been released from classes until it warms up again.
While many local residents were caught unprepared, due to an abnormally warm fall— others told the Associated Press they were not surprised by the cold spell.
"I was born in Yakutsk and I'm living here for the time being so I'm used to this cold," said local resident Afanasiy Andreev.
Others gave advice for how to remain warm.
"The main rule is not to stand in one place and to keep going and going," said local Dmitry Kuznetsov.
Meanwhile, drivers have had to keep their car engines running throughout the night to prevent them from freezing — or look for other ways to keep their cars warm like heating covers.
Otherwise in -50 degree weather, cars simply jam.
"There's a timer connected to the alarm, so if the (internal) temperature drops to minus 10 then the car ignites itself to warm up the engine, after which it turns off again," explained driver Anton Karpov.
According to forecasts, the cold temperatures are expected to last until the end of January and may even drop as low as minus 60 degrees.