Sahara desert dust gives sky a ‘strange tint’ after blowing north in UK | UK News
Dust from the Sahara Desert causes hazy skies across southern and central England after being swept north by high winds.
The eerie sights captured in a number of images posted online were sparked by a series of sandstorms in the north Africa.
The Met Office said the Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and desert dust, which can reach Europe depending on the conditions.
Misty skies were visible in Penzance, Dorset, London and Cambridge on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
The Met Office said in a Twitter post: “If you live in the south of the UK, you might be wondering why the sky is looking weird this morning.
“It’s Saharan dust that can even be seen in the last visible satellite image.”
In February, researchers said a plume of dust from the Sahara caused a sharp rise in air pollution in parts of Europe.
The European Commission’s Copernicus satellite said at the time that the particles were smaller than 10 micrometers and could cause breathing difficulties, asthma attacks and heart problems if inhaled.
In June 2020, NASA observed a large plume of Sahara dust over the Atlantic, which showed it had spread over 3,200 km.
The particles mix with the rain and can leave dust deposits on cars and windows during heavy rains.
In April 2019, motorists in southern regions spotted a layer of red dust on their cars.
Snowstorms can also cause a blood red sun, which has been seen in October 2017 after the storm Ophélie.