8 cold places in the world warmer than Austin right now


Central Texas’s deep freeze officially shattered one weather record Wednesday morning as temperatures sank to 15 degrees (or -9 degrees Celsius) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just before sunrise. 

While temperatures in Austin stayed in the low 20s, we started thinking about all the places warmer than Austin right now — at 9:30 a.m., it’s 28 degrees at Camp Mabry.

1) Moscow: Yes, Moscow! At 5:55 p.m. local time, weather authorities in the notoriously cold capital city of Russia reported temperatures reached a relatively balmy 37 degrees. 

2) St. Petersburg, Russia: Yup, it’s here in a city that sits on the Baltic Sea, with a reading of 34 degrees at 5:55 p.m. 

3) The Alps: Looking for a relaxing jet-set and ski vacation in the (relative) heat? Look no further than the Alps, where Bern, Zurich and Chambéry all reported temperatures warmer than Austin, clocking 44, 45 and 51 degrees respectively. 

4) Oslo: The capital of Norway and the site of the famous peace accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians: It, too, is warmer than Austin. It’s 33 degrees there and snowing.

5) Berlin: German winters can be famously harsh, too. But not this week in Berlin, where it’s currently raining and 44 degrees.  

6) Vancouver: It’s 33 degrees there at 7:30 a.m. local time. 

7) Lake Tahoe: This temple of winter sports and the jet set reported temperatures of 33 degrees at 6:55 a.m. local time. 

8) Your refrigerator: Which should be above 32 degrees, provided it’s functioning properly.  


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