Snow falls in Sahara Desert for the first time in four decades

  • The snow stayed for about a day before it melted away.
A thin layer of snow rested on the orange dunes

In nearly 40 years, there has been a snowfall in the Sahara Desert.

This rare phenomenon was captured by an amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata.

He photographed the enchanting scene on Monday in Ain Sefra, a small town in Algeria.

Karim also disclosed that the snow stayed for about a day before it melted away.

The last time snow was seen in Ain Sefra was in 1979, when there was a snowstorm that lasted for 30 minutes

Ain Sefra lies in the Atlas Mountains on the northern edge of the desert. The town has a population of about 35,000. Temperatures in the region can drop below freezing in December.

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