Why has the sun turned red over Fenland?

PUBLISHED: 17:17 16 October 2017

The sun glowed red in March on Monday. BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Photo: Ian Carter

The sun glowed red in March on Monday. BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Photo: Ian Carter

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If you’ve been outside today, you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary.

A red sun caused by Storm Ophelia has been spotted in the sky over parts of Fenland

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said the former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.

“It’s all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction,” he said.

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

“So it’s most likely the appearance of sunset at midday is caused by the particles scattering the light and giving the appearance of a red sun.”


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