While northern Iran has been hit by record snowfall in recent days, snow has also covered for the first time in living memory, the district of Shahdad in southeastern Iran, which typically has desert conditions and scorching temperatures.
The head of the Shahdad district, Mohammad Mo'meni, told Iran's Mehr news agency snow began to fall Tuesday, continuing into the next day, with an approximate accumulation of four centimeters.
"I spoke to people here and the oldest among them who is 80 said he had never seen snow," said Mo'meni.
The Jomhuri-e Eslami newspaper reported Thursday that six "foreign travellers" had to be rescued after they were stuck in the snow at the edge of the Lut desert, in what the daily described as "close to the hottest place on earth."
Here's how the area looks from a satelite image (Wikipedia)
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Meanwhile in northern Iran, snowfalls around the city of Mazandaran (photo above isasma via instagram) totaled some two meters, more than has been seen in 50 years.
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