The sky across Andover has turned an eerie red colour today.
Dubbed by experts as the ‘Hurricane Sun’ the bizarre glow has been caused by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia, which is currently making its way across the UK.
The wind started to pick up at around lunchtime, but the temperature is unusually mild.
People across the town have hit social media to share the eerie pictures of the sun, naming it ‘The Blood Sun’.
- Winds were strong over Iberia on Sunday, so dust from there has being raised and blown to the UK. Ophelia was to the west of Portugal on Sunday, although it doesn’t necessarily need a hurricane to cause this and a regular, north Atlantic low would also work if other necessary conditions are met. There have also been serious fires in Portugal. Dr Reynolds said: “Some of the dust may be particulates from the fires, although I think regular fine-grained dust would account for the majority.”
- The cold front of Ophelia moved across southern Britain on Monday morning and was very weak – this meant there was not much rain to wash the dust out.
- The winds are still southerly, despite the cold front coming through. Usually winds would veer and fresher, clearer Atlantic air would come in behind a cold front – but this won’t happen until later today. Dr Reynolds said: “As fresher air moves in later today, expect the colouration to gradually fade.”
- On top of this, much of the cloud at the moment is at mid-levels. The lower levels and upper levels are fairly clear, which allows more sunlight to penetrate the cloud deck and, combined with the fairly high cloud base, allows conditions to be bright at surface.
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