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Saharan dust on UK coast creates spectacular purple-orange ripples in the sky

The crazy colors are caused by a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, caused by extra particles in the air. The dust cloud in the Sahara has settled over Great Britain, giving the sky an otherworldly orange glow

The breathtaking view might be Morrocco but it's actually Cleboardsys, near Blackpool, Lancs.
The breathtaking view might be Morrocco but it’s actually Cleboardsys, near Blackpool, Lancs.

The UK sky is a rainbow of colors as dust from the Sahara desert sweeps across Europe this week.

The beautiful dust created spectacular purple-orange ripples in the sky with one lucky photographer capturing it’s sunset.

Karl Houghton took pictures and said the rare phenomenon is really amazing when seeing the clouds overhead.

“The layer of Sahara dust in the clouds above adds some really nice color,” he added, with the breathtaking shots taken in Blackpool.

In one photo, the giant cone-shaped sculpture, Mary’s Shell, looks majestic on a stretch of sand beneath an unfamiliar sky.

The crazy colors are due to a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, which is caused by additional particles in the air.

“Atmospheric dust causes more light to be refracted, so you get domination of red and orange shades of the spectrum,” said Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud.

The cloud formed when dust from the Sahara was lifted into the air by a weather front that the Spanish authorities named Storm Celia. It was then pushed across the Mediterranean before covering parts of France and Spain.

Baffled Brits were “disgusted” when they saw their car in the early hours of the morning and thought the rain was “really” dirty.

Lola Panic, a student from Deptford, south-east London, told The Mirror her garden chairs were covered in dust due to the odd weather.






The crazy colors are caused by a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering caused by extra particles in the air

“Initially, we were a bit disgusted by how dirty it seemed in the rain,” said the 26-year-old.

“After that we felt a bit scared and confused, didn’t want to leave the house.

“In fact, none of us have left the house yet.”

However, experts warn that the dust will cause a “significant reduction in air quality”.

Dr Ryder, from the University of Reading, said: “Forecast, the cloud will reach southern England in the early hours of Wednesday, covering areas from Dorset to Suffolk, with south-east counties. , especially Kent, was hit the hardest.

“Those who get up early on Wednesday will see a red dusty sunrise. This is because dust absorbs blue light from the sun and lets more red light through when the sun is low in the sky. In the evening, the dust will move eastward to the Netherlands and Germany, he added.

A motorbike rider was “shocked” to see dusty rainwater in the morning.

Donna Deeming, 46, from Basildon, Essex, was “just running out to get some milk” when she noticed her car was covered in rain dust.

“I sat in the car and thought ‘what the hell happened?’,” said the Financial Administrator.

“It’s just drizzle here.

“There hasn’t been a downpour yet, so I’m not sure if someone threw something on the car or if it was from some local construction site.”

Dr Andy Whittamore – clinical team leader at Asthma UK – warned of the risks posed by Sahara dust.

“Toxic air can make it hard for people to breathe and can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and even life-threatening asthma attacks,” he said.

“Dust in the Sahara could pose a serious risk to the 5.4 million people in the UK with asthma.”

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