Freakish Weather Blankets the Sahara Desert with Snow with Temperatures at -2C
Last Wednesday temperatures hit -3C in the desert town of Ain Sefra Algeria and in no time the entire place was blanketed in snow. Stunning images of sheep on the unusual snow-covered sand dunes were captured by photographer Karim Bouchetata while residents from the Aseer region in Saudi Arabia flocked to the desert to get a glimpse of the rare snowfall. It’s been around a century since temperatures have fallen below freezing in the southwestern province.
Rare instance of snowfall in the Middle East
January is the month associated with winter, and in many parts of the world, it is in this month that snowfall begins. However, the deserts of Africa and the Middle East are not regions that are supposed to receive any snowfall. However, in this month of 2021, unusual snowfall with temperatures plummeting to 2C or 28F has been witnessed in Saudi Arabia and the Sahara.
Stunning images show proof of the unnatural weather phenomena
Pictures of ice on the sand dunes in the Sahara were captured by a photographer. These dreamlike images prove that temperatures have actually dipped below freezing in the region. In Saudi Arabia’s Aseer region, both locals and foreigners flocked to the desert to marvel at the spectacularly rare sight of snow in the desert.
Snow covered dunes of the Sahara
January is the month for snow in many parts of the world except the deserts of Africa and the Middle East. But, with temperature well below -2C or -28F, the dunes of the Sahara Desert in Algeria have been covered with ice from snowfall.
Sheep standing on ice-covered dunes in the Algerian Sahara
With temperatures below -3C or -26.6F, in the Algerian Sahara, sheep could be seen standing on ice-covered dunes on Wednesday. These stunning images were taken by photographer Karim Bouchetata in the desert of Ain Sefra. Ain Sefra had always been known as ‘The Gateway to the Desert’, and is around 1,000 meters (3.280 ft) above sea level. It also is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.