PICS: Snow falls in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years!


Cape Town - With an average temperature of 30°C, the Sahara Desert is the last place you’d expect to find snow. It is, after all, one of the driest and hottest regions of the world. 

But if we've learnt anything from this bizarre year, it's to expect the unexpected... like when the small desert town of Ain Sefra in Algeria woke up on Monday, 19 December, to find that the red sand dunes had unexpectedly turned white.

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata photographed the fleeting scene on Monday in the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which lies in the Atlas Mountains on the northern edge of the desert.

"Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence," he told The Guardian. "It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.

"The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away."

While it's snowing in the desert, South Africa is experiencing sweltering conditions with a heatwave warning issued in the central and northern parts of the country. 

READ MORE HERE: ALERT: Heatwave conditions expected in the central, northern parts of SA

Take a look at some of Bouchetata's photographs of the snow in the Sahara here: 



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