White Christmas in the Sahara
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.