Snow falls in Sahara desert first time in more than 36 years

For the second time in living memory, snow has fallen on the Sahara desert.

And the pictures are incredible.

The red sands covering the small desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, were coated with snow yesterday afternoon.

Meaning that even the Sahara – which has an average 30C temperature – has seen more snow than Britain this year.

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the moment that one of the driest and hottest regions of the world became a winter wonderland for the first time in 37 years.

Ain Sefra, which is known as ‘The Gateway to the Desert’, last saw the white stuff on February 18, 1979, when a snow storm lasted just half an hour.

However this time round, the snow lasted for around a day before melting away.

Karim said: ‘Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert.

‘It is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.

‘The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away.’