Freak snow storm in the SAHARA allows local kids to have the time of their lives sliding down sand dunes and making snowmen

EXCITABLE children living in the Sahara desert made the most of a freak snow storm by sliding down the icy slopes.

Up to 40cm of snow fell over Ain Sefra, Algeria, on Sunday for only the second time in 37 years.

Youngsters were pictured playing in the town, known as “The Gateway to the Desert”, as they enjoyed the rare sight.

Some made snow angels, while others built snowmen on the world's hottest desert.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata said: “We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again.

"It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5pm.”




The town was hit by an icy blast just before Christmas – but before that residents of Ain Sefra hadn't experienced snow since February 18, 1979.

And even then the snow only lasted half an hour.

Ain Sefra usually sees average temperatures of 37C in summer, while in winter it plummets to -10.2C.


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