Sahara desert experiences a rare snowfall; fourth time in 42 years

Photographs of the event were captured by Karim Bouchetata (via REUTERS)

The temperature in Sahara has dropped to as low as -3-degree-Celsius due to the snowfalll.

Although, there is variance in temperatures in the Sahara, snow, and ice are still rare. Ain Sefra is situated in Naama Province of Algeria in the Atlas Mountains, 1,000 meters above sea level, and is known as “the gateway to the desert.” This is the fourth time that it has endured snow in the past 42 years. The other instances there has been snow in Ain Sefra were in 1979, 2017, and 2018.

The snow lightly dusted on top of the orange dunes as it created exquisite and unusual patterns in the sand.

The quantity of snow has varied greatly over the past 42 years, ranging from a snowstorm that stopped traffic in 1979 to 40cm falling in 2018.

Temperatures in the Sahara desert can reach up to 38C on average in the summer. Meanwhile, January is one of the coldest months, with average temperatures of 14C.

Elsewhere, snow fell in Lebanon, Japan, and particularly heavy rain has been predicted for parts of the UK.

Publish : 2021-01-20 14:50:00

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