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Rare Snowfall Blankets African Desert

June 10, 2011

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Namib-Naukluft Park as it normally looks and as it appeared this week. Images Wiki and The Namibian

Namib-Naukluft Park as it normally looks and as it appeared this week. Images Wiki and The Namibian

Parts of the south-west Africa nation of Namibia usually associated with heat and dust have been blanketed in snow.

A storm brought sub zero temperatures and snow to the Namib-Naukluft Park this week, which local forecasters have described as an extremely rare event. The average overnight temperature, measured from Tuesday 18h00 until 06h00 Wednesday, was a record low of 2.1 degrees Celsius.

According to namibiaweather.info, the lowest temperature recorded by weather stations on Tuesday was minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, just south of Waterberg in the Otjozondjupa Region. The cold conditions are expected were expected to ease Thursday.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a national park of Namibia encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. The Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world.

Namibia in south west Africa

Namibia in south west Africa

READ our feature on temperatures reaching 30c in Lapland yesterday, Wednesday.

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