Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia turns skies above Sunderland and South Tyneside dark

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia turns skies above Sunderland and South Tyneside dark

Pictures from across the Black Country and the rest of the county show a red-tinted sun beaming down on the region, causing the sky to also give off an orange appearance.

"Because the dust is so high, light from the sun is scattered in the longer wavelengths, which is more the red part of the spectrum, so it appears red to our eyes".

People have swamped social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter with a collection of images taken as they go about their daily business.

The Met Office said the vast majority of the dust was due to forest fires in Iberia, which have sent debris into the air.

Ex-hurricane Ophelia is now sweeping across Ireland and there will be strong gusts across Yorkshire later today.

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"It's all connected with Ophelia", Weather forecaster Grahame Madge told the Evening Standard.

He said that it is "certainly spectacular at the moment and quite a talking point, we've had a lot of calls about it", the paper reported.

But according to experts there is a scientific explanation; the hue is actually a remnant of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Storm Ophelia is set to harm parts of United Kingdom with winds upto 80 miles per hour.

The South Coast has experienced it most of the morning and it is now moving north.

"Saharan dust & tropical air from #Ophelia has brought the #redsun to Loughborough!"

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