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Sahara Snowfall: Winter Storm Touches Algeria

Sahara Snowfall: Winter Storm Touches Algeria

Saharan Atlas dune is seen covered with snow in the outskirts of Ain Safra in the high steppe region of south western Algeria on Jan. 25, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:26 PM

Sahara snowfall blanketed the usually sun-kissed sand dunes the Sahara desert, allowing Algerians the chance to try out some icy sliding.

With temperatures touching 1 degree Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit), residents in the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra enjoyed sliding down the small sections of dunes on Sunday morning before the snow melted away.

Ain Sefra is known as the gateway to the Sahara desert, where temperatures regularly reach 35 degrees Celsius in July and August.

Freezing conditions, however, are not uncommon in the area which lies between the desert and the Atlas mountains. Snow also fell in the region in December, 2016 for the first time in many years.

Writing by in London, Editing by Ed Osmond

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On the usually sun-kissed sand dunes of the Sahara desert, a rare blanket of snow allowed Algerians the chance to try out some icy sliding.
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