Snow seen in the Sahara desert

Unusual sight The usually orange-coloured sand dunes of the Sahara desert were covered in snow

Unusual sight The usually orange-coloured sand dunes of the Sahara desert were covered in snow

Residents of the Algerian town of Ain Sefra witnessed a rare sight as snow covered parts of the surrounding Sahara desert Sunday.

A winter storm brought snow to the Sahara Desert for just the third time in almost 40 years. Records showed that the town experienced snowfall in 1979, 2016 and 2017.

The deep snow caused chaos around Christmas with roads becoming icy - leaving passengers getting stranded in buses.

At the same time in the southern hemisphere, which is now in the middle of summer, Grayson and Sydney Australia are experiencing some of the hottest temperatures they have seen in 80 years with the mercury hitting 116.6 degrees.

Two years ago, snow settled for around a day, and the town saw snowfall again last year. The snowfall began on Sunday morning making it look like a white carpet on the sand dunes. Ain Sefra, which sits about 3,280ft above sea level, has never been a snow magnet.

Winter Storm Grayson, battering the USA east coast, has seen the sea freeze in Cape Cod, along with the Niagra Falls in stunning scenes.

Meteorologists believe that this freaky twist of weather is because of the result of high pressure over Europe pushing low-pressure systems unusually far south.

Its average temperature for January is 6C, with average lows at -0.3C.

The Sahara Desert stretches across most of Northern Africa.

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