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In Pics: Snow in the Sahara Desert for the First Time in 40 Years

On 19 December, an amateur photographer captured the unthinkable – snow on the Sahara desert in Algeria.

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The world’s hottest desert can only make one think of sweltering heat and vast stretches of nothingness. But on 19 December, an amateur photographer captured the unthinkable, a once in a lifetime event – snow on the Sahara desert dunes.

Karim Bouchetata took the photographs and said the snow stayed on the sandy, orange dunes for about a day, The Independent reported.

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Bouchetata photographed the scene in Ain Sefra, a small Algerian town, which had last witnessed snowfall in 1979, for a half-hour.

“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos,” said the photographer.

Ain Sefra is known as “The Gateway to the Desert” and sees extreme temperatures varying between 37 degree Celsius in summer and -10.2 degrees in winter.

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