US temperatures set to plummet to record lows

Parts of America and Canada are experiencing near record-breaking low temperatures from a severe winter storm that has claimed at least 16 lives.

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Near record low temperatures in Chicago

Temperatures on the East Coast of the US have plummeted, with Chicago hitting lows of -15 this morning. The previous record for the Windy City was -14 in 1988.

NBC affiliate NBC Chicago tweeted a picture of Lake Michigan that appeared to show steam covering the Great Lake.

Chicago resident Jim Lakely posted a city-view picture that appeared to show the city's frozen river:

The anticipated 'polar vortex' is set to blast much of the country, with NBC reporting that "every state except Hawaii" is expected to face freezing temperatures today.

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Oymyakon: The coldest inhabited place to live on Earth

As parts of the US are being hit by a polar vortex, which is expected to bring temperatures are low as -50C, residents of a small village in Russia deal with the freezing cold all year round.

The village of Oymyakon in the republic of Yakutia is the coldest place to live on Earth with the average temperature in the regions around -20C.

Blocks of ice are loaded on to a truck outside the village of Oymyakon. Credit: Reuters

In 1933, a temperature of -67.8C was registered in the village - the lowest temperature ever recorded in the northern hemisphere.

It was also is the lowest temperature ever recorded for any permanently inhabited location on Earth.

Despite the harsh climate, approximately 5000 people live in the village, which has schools, a post office, bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer).

A young girl poses for a picture in the village of Oymyakon, Credit: Reuters
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Cruise liner Queen Mary 2 delayed in New York because of heavy snow

Heavy snow has hit the East coast of the USA Credit: Cunard

Queen Mary 2 spent part of the weekend delayed in New York because of two feet of snow that fell in the United States.

The Statue of Liberty can be seen from this icy window Credit: Cunard

She is now on her way say Cunard.

Two feet of snow has fallen in recent days Credit: Cunard

The liner is now racing home to Southampton for her tenth birthday celebrations on Friday where there be a big fireworks display.

Snow falls on the deck on the Queen Mary 2 Credit: Cunard

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Thousands of US flights cancelled in extreme cold

Air passengers in the US face another day of disruption due to the extreme cold weather.

More than 7,300 flights were delayed and 3,514 were cancelled on Sunday, according to the aviation tracking website Flightaware.com.

A plane is de-iced at Reagan National Airport in Washington Credit: REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The website's live 'Misery Map' showed the highest numbers of cancellations and delays from Denver International Airport in Colorado and Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Illinois.

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