Snow fell in the Sahara Desert, temperatures dropped to -2C

Stunning pictures of sand dunes in the Sahara Desert covered in snow were taken by a photographer. The desert is better known for its hot and dry climate, so this incredible sight is very rare.

Temperatures dropped to -2C when Karim Bouchetata took photos Tuesday near the town of Ain Sefra in northwestern Algeria.

The area has seen snow before, as it is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains and is 1,000 meters above sea level.

But the phenomenon is still rare, as it has only snowed five times in the past 24 years, in 1979, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

The ice created stunning patterns in the sand, but there may not have been enough white matter to build a life-sized snowman or igloo.

The Sahara Desert occupies most of North Africa, and Ain Safra is known as the “gateway to the desert.”

Over the past few hundred thousand years, the desert has seen changes in temperature and humidity, but it rarely snows because there is usually not enough water in the air to do so, even though it can be very cold at night.

The desert is much hotter: the average temperature during the day most of the time is 38C.

The heat record here is over 50C.

Planet Today

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