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Snow has Fallen in the Sahara Desert for the First Time in 40 Years

Gorgeous and rare scenes have been captured by Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer, from Monday’s snowfall that coated the Sahara Desert for the first time in 40 years.

North Africa may just be lucky enough to enjoy a white Christmas this year, after the Sahara was sprinkled with a layer of ice flakes for, what is believed to be, the first snowfall since 1979, according to the Telegraph.

The harsh and hostile climate of the Sahara - specifically in Ain Sefra where the snow fell - can be described as unforgiving and aggressive, with irregular temperatures ranging from -10 degrees to 49 degrees. It comes as no surprise when photographer, Karim Bouchetata, explains, “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence.”

With the snow coated sand dunes close to his hometown, Bouchetata captured mesmerising and otherworldly images of the desert.

Photos courtesy of Karim Bouchetata