IT’S snowing in the Sahara Desert. Yes, you heard that right. An exceptionally rare weather event and only the fifth time in the last 42 years with previous occurrences in 1979, 2016, 2018, and 2021.
Temperatures have fallen in the Sahara, the hottest desert in the world, to as low as -3 degrees Celsius, leaving sand dunes in the Algerian town of Ain Sefra coated with snow.
The snowfall donned beautiful patterns in the sand, leaving people enthralled by the mesmerising sight.
The trail of snow captivated the residents of the nearby town Naama, and became a welcoming respite from the scorching heat in the hottest desert.
Photos of the snowfall have taken the internet by storm, with users in awe of the uniqueness of this rare occurrence.
The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa and has experienced temperature and moisture shifts over the last few hundred thousand years.
Snow might be uncommon in the desert areas but it’s not unheard of.
High pressure systems of cold air have migrated across land to the deserts in circumstances like those witnessed this month in Algeria, bringing lower temperatures. Anticyclones of this nature usually make their way to Saudi Arabia by travelling clockwise out of Central Asia, collecting up moisture along the way that cools to become snow.