Rare picture: It snowed in the Sahara and whitewashed the sand dunes

In the Sahara Desert in northwestern Algeria the temperature is very low, so it snowed.

The snow that partially covered the sand dunes delighted children from nearby towns such as Mekalis. The low temperatures and white cover were greeted with enthusiasm and are a relief after the heat in the warmest desert in the world.

The snow in the city of Ain Sefra, which is considered a “gateway” to the Sahara, was only minimal and like dust. The temperature in the city surrounded by the Atlas Mountains dropped to minus 2 degrees for at least three nights in a row, but it is only a few degrees colder compared to the average at this time of year.

The snow is not a complete surprise because it rained in 2021, 2018 and 2017, but the one in 2016 was a real shock.

Ain Sefra residents saw snow for the first time since 1979, but it is now becoming commonplace.

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