White Christ­mas in the Sa­hara

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

I t may sound more like fic­tion than fact, but me­dia are re­port­ing snow in the Sa­hara Desert. In what will prob­a­bly be the near­est thing to a white Christ­mas res­i­dents of the small Al­ge­rian town of Ain Se­fra will ever see, the snow­fall took place on Mon­day, dust­ing red sand dunes pow­dery white.

The Daily Mail re­ported that the snow stayed for a day in the town, which is around 1,000 me­tres above sea level and sur­rounded by the At­las Moun­tains.

Ain Se­fra’s av­er­age tem­per­a­ture last year was 20 Cel­sius. The un­usual fes­tive scene was cap­tured on cam­era by ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Karim Bouchetata, who said that ev­ery­one was stunned to see snow fall­ing in the desert.

On Mon­day the first snow­fall in 37 years was recorded in the mas­sive African desert.

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