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The US is so cold, Hell has frozen over

The town of Hell in Michigan has seen temperature as low as -26C.

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Left: Hell, Michigan (Wikimedia Commons/Sswonk) Right: Ice covers the Chicago River Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Left: Hell, Michigan (Wikimedia Commons/Sswonk) Right: Ice covers the Chicago River Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Left: Hell, Michigan (Wikimedia Commons/Sswonk) Right: Ice covers the Chicago River Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

While the UK faces its coldest temperatures of the winter so far, in the US, Hell has literally frozen over.

Residents of Hell in Michigan have experienced temperatures as low as minus 26C (minus 14.8F), according to the National Weather Service, as northern states are gripped by the Polar Vortex.

According to a town Facebook page, they have not had as much snow as during other winters “but we are much colder.

“Yes, Hell has frozen over.”

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A person walks along the shore of a frozen lake in Chicago (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

A person walks along the shore of a frozen lake in Chicago (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

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A person walks along the shore of a frozen lake in Chicago (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

The cold snap has been felt across a number of northern states, with temperatures reportedly feeling as low as minus 45C (minus 49F) with wind chill.

Chicago could experience its lowest ever temperature on Thursday and drop below the minus 32C (minus 25.6F) recorded in 1985, according to the National Weather Service.

The Illinois city was colder than the Canadian village of Alert, one of the world’s most northerly inhabited places.

People have posted footage of the freezing weather on social media.

One man showed a t-shirt frozen solid and “stiff as a board” after hanging it outside on the railings of a balcony.

Meanwhile, a police force in Missouri asked people to “keep criminalling to a minimum” while the cold weather continues.

So...we are asking a favor (at least for the next three days); can you keep the criminalling to a minimum? It is REALLY...

Posted by Warrensburg Police Department on Monday, January 28, 2019

At least eight deaths have been attributed to the bad weather, including an elderly man in Illinois who was found dead several hours after he fell while trying to get into his home.

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