he most snow to fall in living memory is currently coating the desert sands of the Sahara.
Residents of Aïn Séfra, Algeria, were greeted this morning by a metre of snow, twice as much as has fallen in most ski resorts in the French Alps over the last week.
The snow has caused chaos in the town known as the Gateway to the
Desert, with buses stranded on icy roads, while children have taken
advantage of the flurry, building snowman and sledging down dunes.
Before last December it was in 1979 that Aïn Séfra, where the Atlas Mountains meet the desert, last saw snow.
Though the town is in the Sahara, its average January temperature is
about 6C degrees, while in July the mercury regularly reaches 38C