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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock (9309883d) Snow in the Sahara Desert near the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria Snow in the Sahara Desert - 07 Jan 2018 *Full story: https://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/tvw5 As much of the northern hemisphere sees record cold temperatures, the SAHARA Desert has been hit by SNOW for the second time in four decades. Photographers have taken incredible pictures of 40cm deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra after a freak winter storm yesterday (Sun). The town in the world's HOTTEST desert had not seen snow for 37 years when it arrived this time last year and locals were stunned when it began falling on the red sand dunes yesterday morning. Snow started falling in the early hours of Sunday morning and it quickly began settling on the sand. 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."

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