By Geoff Robinson Photography13:51 20 Jan 2017, updated 14:02 20 Jan 2017
- The town of Ain Sefra in western Algeria has recorded the first snowfall in the town since February 18, 1979
- For the first time in their lives Children are building snowmen in town known as ‘Gateway to the Sahara Desert’
- Cold weather has delivered snow and freezing temperatures to Costa del Sol, Majorca and now North Africa
Incredible pictures show the desert town of Ain Sefra surrounded by snow which is at least a metre deep.
Children played in the snow on the dunes above the town of Ain Sefra for the first time in their lives today (pictured)The town is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains but the area around Ain Sefra never gets snow
But today the snow has been falling steadily and is now waist deep in some parts of Ain Sefra, known as the ‘Gateway to the Desert‘.
The snow has caused chaos in the town, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.
Children are making the most of the precipitation and are building snowmen in the desert town and sledging down the sand dunes for the first time in their lives.
Ain Sefra (pictured) is pretty much the last civilisation before the Sahara, which stretches out for thousands of miles to the southThe Sahara Desert covers at least half of Algeria and rain is extremely rare, let alone snow
Photographer Sekkouri Kamel, 38, said: ‘It started snowing at around 1.30am this morning and is now one metre deep in some places. It’s absolutely incredible to have so much snow.’
Snow has not been in Ain Sefra since February 18, 1979, when they had a flurry which lasted just 30 minutes.
Ain Sefra, not far from the Moroccan border is around 1,000 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.
The residents of Ain Sefra were shocked when they woke up this morning to snowSnow is a metre thick in Ain Sefra (pictured). The Mediterranean has seen unseasonably cold weather this year with Majorca and Ibiza also seeing considerable snowfallSnow has not been seen in this part of Algeria for 37 years
The Sahara Desert covers most of northern Africa and it has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few 100,000 years.
Although the Sahara is very dry today, it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.
Today’s snow comes only days after 2016 was reported to have set records for being the hottest year in history.
A palm tree shivers in the snow in Ain Sefra, AlgeriaThe Algerian capital, Algiers, is several hundred miles north of Ain Sefra The people of Ain Sefra are used to wading through sand but not snowThe town saw a sprinkling of snow just before Christmas, when a few flakes settled on the red sand dunes of the world’s hottest desert for the first time in 37 yearsThe snow has been falling steadily and is now waist deep in some parts of Ain Sefra, which is known as ‘The Gateway to the Desert’The snow gives a totally new look to the areaThe snow comes only days after a report saying 2016 was the hottest year on record.. DM
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