Sahara Desert Gets Covered In Snow For The Third Time In 40 Years And Its Breathtaking

On Sunday morning, snow fell in some parts of the Sahara desert that led to an unexpected snowstorm.

For the third time in 40 years, the Sahara Desert witnesses snowfall. Up to 16 inches of snow had fallen in the town of Ain Sefra in Alegra, Africa. Snow settled on the sand and it looked extremely beautiful.

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Ain Sefra, surrounded by the Alps, is located around 3,280ft above sea level. Parts of the town and its outskirts were covered in snow after a freak snowstorm despite all the heat.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata told the Daily Mail: “We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5pm.”

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A spokesman for the Met Office said this morning: “Cold air was pulled down south in to North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe.The high pressure meant the cold weather extended further south than normal.”

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In early 2017, children were able to build snowmen and sled down the dunes. In 2016, shortly after Christmas, there was deep snow causing chaos and the roads turning icy.

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Prior to that, the Sahara saw snow in 1979, but the storm lasted only for half an hour.

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This is how it looked after the storm.

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Located in Africa, this is an extreme temperature drop.

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40 centimeters of snow is enough to cover the sand dunes.

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Although it makes us worry about the changes in the climate for it to snow in a dessert, it is a sight only a few get to witness.

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