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Winter in Africa

Winter has even come to Africa. The Algerian city of Ain Sefra has experienced its effects. The temperature there dropped to -3 degrees Celsius. Thanks to this, for the first time in years, the sand of the Sahara was covered with snow. The people of Algeria have seen snow for the fourth time in 42 years.

Deserts of Africa and the Middle East, both snow and frost, are usually avoided. This time is different. The Sahara desert has been covered in snow, and low temperatures have been recorded in the desert city of Ain Sefra. The city of Ain Sefra, known as the “gateway to the desert”, is situated approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. January is the coldest month of the year there. The temperature during this period varies between 14 and 15 degrees Celsius. However, this year it has dropped to -3. Previously, snow fell in that region in 2018, 2017, and 1979. This year’s rainfall was not heavy, but the residents were happy to walk in the snow and document this unusual phenomenon.

The Sahara desert is a desert that covers nine million square kilometers. It covers most of North Africa. This is one of the driest and hottest places on the planet. A lot of snow has fallen there this year, and white fluff was covering the dunes, creating patterns on the desert sand.