The Sahara Desert was exposed to what looks like an “ice explosion” with temperatures dropping below zero, and parts of Saudi Arabia were covered with snow, with temperatures reaching -2 degrees Celsius.
Photographer Karim Bushata took pictures of camels after snow fell in the Tabuk region, northwestern Saudi Arabia. The region – close to the border with Jordan – witnessed unusual weather this month.
The desert kingdom can see rises of up to 50 degrees Celsius during the hot season, but this month’s temperatures have fallen below zero.
Snow fell near the desert town of Ain Safra in Algeria this week.
The photographer captured incredible views of the snow covering the sand in the small desert town.
Sheep were seen standing on the ice-covered sand dunes on Wednesday, as temperatures dropped to -3 ° C.
PHOTOS. Un troupeau de moutons sur des dunes enneigées à Ain Sefra. Les photos ont été prises cette semaine par Karim Bouchetata. pic.twitter.com/F9LO8iOnIS
– Visas Voyages Algérie (@AlgerieVisas) January 18, 2021
Ain Safra – known as the “desert gate” – is located 3,280 feet above sea level, surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.
Saudi Arabia also experienced snowfall in 2018, and locals were enjoying skis and snowballs. It also snowed in Lebanon, Syria and Iran – some areas were buried under four feet.
January is the coldest month in Saudi Arabia, with mercury averaging 20 degrees Celsius. Tabuk is one of the coldest regions in the country, but it usually experiences dry weather with an average temperature of 4 degrees Celsius.
Eric Lister, chief meteorologist at AccuWeather, said that while it is rare for it to snow in the region, it is not entirely out of the ordinary.
Researchers studying changes in precipitation in the Sahara region found that the desert has grown significantly over the past century due to climate change.
Professor Sumant Nigam, an atmospheric and oceanic scientist at the University of Maryland and lead author of the study, said, “Our results are for the Sahara desert, but it is likely to have implications for other world deserts.”
This comes as parts of the United Kingdom brace for days of torrential rain, as meteorologists have warned of fast-flowing floods that cause “a threat to life”.
Torrential rains of up to 2.3 feet now tend to inundate England and Wales early this week, prompting multiple weather warnings.
Source: New York Post