What a weekend: Sydney hits 117F while it snowed in the Sahara Desert

Fans of England cheer during the fourth day of the Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that haven't been seen in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Fresh off the arctic blast along the East Coast that saw a "bomb cyclone", Mother Nature shifted her wacky weather attention to other continents this past weekend.

Perhaps the zaniest sight was snowfall in parts of the Sahara Desert.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata snapped these incredible pics of snow on the dunes in the Algerian city of Ain Sefra.

Some media reports, including Forbes, claimed as much as 15, 16 or 18 inches of snow fell on the higher dunes (although none of the publications I found sourced where they got that measurement. The photos, in my opinion, don't seem to suggest that much snow. That would require the rough equivalent of over 1.5 inches of rain's worth of moisture.) But it's obvious that *some* snow did fall.

It marks the second time in a row this part of the Sahara has received snow. A dusting of snow visited that region on Dec. 26, 2016, but before that, it hadn't snowed there since 1979.

England's The Sun quoted Bouchetata as saying the snow fell Saturday night and they awoke to the dunes covered in snow and didn't begin melting until that evening. Ain Sefra is at about 3,300 feet elevation, The Sun said.

Meanwhile, "Down Under", where summer is in full swing, parts of Sydney, Australia hit 117 F (47.3C) on Sunday making it the hottest day in the city since 1939, just missing the all-time record of 118.

Thousands were left without power, according to the Associated Press, and total fire bans were put in place as officials warned of a severe danger.

Storms rolled in as the work week began and temperatures were expected to cool back into the more manageable 70s and 80s.

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