Cairo has been transformed into a winter wonderland after a “historic” storm in the Middle East brought a rare treat to Egypt’s capital Friday: a blanket of powdery, white snow.
Due to Cairo’s low rate of precipitation and typically above-freezing winter temperatures, snow is an exceptionally unusual weather phenomenon for the North African city. So unusual, in fact, that the Los Angeles Times, citing local news reports, writes that the last recorded snowfall in Cairo was more than 100 years ago.
Ali Abdelazim, an official at the city’s meteorological centre, confirmed to the Agence France-Presse this is the ”first time in very many years” that snow has fallen in the Cairo area.
Excited Egytians took to social media Friday to share photographs of the unusual meteorological event.