Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Skies above the UK, France turn an eerie orange

Skies above the UK, France turn an eerie orange

Leeds residents were left puzzled as the sky above the city turned orange.

The event was caused by dust being sucked up from the Sahara desert and blown north across Britain.

THERE'S an unusual look about the sky as Somerset prepares for the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia.

Passers-by stopped to snap photographs of the sky, which seemed to have an eerie tinge of red in some areas. To make matters worse, in nearby Iberia - a region that encompasses parts of Spain, Portugal, and France among others - Ophelia's winds have only fanned the flames of ongoing, widespread forest fires and proceeded to carry massive amounts of dust northward toward England and Wales.

It has all been explained by the Met Office.

Storm Ophelia: why is the sky yellow?

Ophelia is forecast to lash Western parts of the United Kingdom exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18.

Forecaster Mr Madge said on Monday: "It's all connected with Ophelia".

"Air is being pulled from southern Europe and Africa and that air contains a lot of dust".

The dust, which has been seen on cars, scatters the blue light from the sun, letting more red light through - much as at sunrise or sunset.

Why not send us your photos of the red sun over Somerset.

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