Sky Turns Red Over London

THE sky above Britain turned yellow today after a red sun was created by fatal Hurricane Ophelia.

The gales pulled Saharan dust north to the UK to create a blanket of orange cloud, with the deadly storms also bringing powerful 80mph winds – killing three people.

 The sky over central London is turned orange as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia whips up dust from the Sahara desert

The sky over central London is turned orange as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia whips up dust from the Sahara desert

The layer of thick dust brought an eerie glow across the sky and turned the sun red as Hurricane Ophelia killer winds picked up dust and debris southern Europe and Africa.

As well as sparking fears of an apocalypse, there were health concerns this afternoon as the thick blanket of dust swirling in the sky posed a risk  to people with breathing difficulties and the elderly.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “It’s all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction.

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

 The sun turned from orange to a golden yellow colour as the dust swept over the UK

The sun turned from orange to a golden yellow colour as the dust swept over the UK
 Saharan dust travelled 2,000 miles to cover Britain in an orange dusting

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Saharan dust travelled 2,000 miles to cover Britain in an orange dusting
 A plane flies past the Shard in central London, as the sky takes on an unusual orange colour caused by Storm Ophelia

A plane flies past the Shard in central London, as the sky takes on an unusual orange colour caused by Storm Ophelia
 A thick dust of cloud has covered the UK after dust from southern Europe and the African Sahara sweeps across

A thick dust of cloud has covered the UK after dust from southern Europe and the African Sahara sweeps across
 The orange dust began to fade as dark clouds covered the UK towards the end of the afternoon in Canary Wharf

The orange dust began to fade as dark clouds covered the UK towards the end of the afternoon in Canary Wharf
 Stunned onlookers took photos of the unusual sight in Canary Wharf

Stunned onlookers took photos of the unusual sight in Canary Wharf
 Planes continued to fly overhead as the Saharan dust travelled across the UK

Planes continued to fly overhead as the Saharan dust travelled across the UK
 The sky went very dark - forcing motorists to switch on their headlights - as the hurricane's remnants dragged in air and dust from the Sahara

The sky went very dark – forcing motorists to switch on their headlights – as the hurricane’s remnants dragged in air and dust from the Sahara

“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.

“It’s certainly spectacular at the moment and quite a talking point, we’ve had a lot of calls about it.”

Dubbed the “hurricane sun”, the unusual sight has been spotted by those on the south coast.

The most affected areas in the South West include Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Somerset. It has even been seen as far north as Manchester and Liverpool.

Storm Ophelia brings an eerie red sun in skies above parts of England and Ireland

 The bright red sun has been caused by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia

The bright red sun has been caused by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia
 A blood red sun has been seen over parts of the UK as dust from the Sahara swept across the country today

A blood red sun has been seen over parts of the UK as dust from the Sahara swept across the country today
 Dust from the Sahara has been thrown into the air causing a red sun overlooking Sheerness Docks

Dust from the Sahara has been thrown into the air causing a red sun overlooking Sheerness Docks
 The hurricane sun seen over the bell tower spire in Malmesbury, Wiltshire today

The hurricane sun seen over the bell tower spire in Malmesbury, Wiltshire today
 A man struggles through high winds on Severn Beach near Bristol

A man struggles through high winds on Severn Beach near Bristol

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 Brits were stunned by the spooky yellow sky

Brits were stunned by the spooky yellow sky
 The Shard can be seen lit up by the eerie yellow-tinged sky

The Shard can be seen lit up by the eerie yellow-tinged sky
 People on London's streets could be heard likening the sky to a sci-fi film

People on London’s streets could be heard likening the sky to a sci-fi film

A woman in her 70s was crushed by a falling tree as the 80mph storm hit Britain on October 16 – forcing Ireland to declare a “national emergency”.

Then later a man in his 30s died in a freak chainsaw accident in Cahir, Co Tipperary after trying to remove a tree downed by storm Ophelia, gardai said.

The death toll rose again when a man died when a tree fell on his car in Ravensdale, Dundalk.

Up to 120,000 homes were without power, schools have been closed, fallen trees blocked roads and bridges were shut after Hurricane Ophelia hit the UK mainland.

Strange footage taken in London appears to show ‘two suns’ forming in the sky

 Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor shared a photograph of the sky, saying it was mysterious

Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor shared a photograph of the sky, saying it was mysterious
 Made in Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh shared a photograph of the stunning yellow sky

Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh shared a photograph of the stunning yellow sky
 TV personality Bobby Norris called the sky 'sepia'

TV personality Bobby Norris called the sky ‘sepia’
 Ronan Keating warned a storm was coming, adding 'batten down the hatches'

Ronan Keating warned a storm was coming, adding ‘batten down the hatches’
 Iconic London landmarks were blanketed in yellow

Iconic London landmarks were blanketed in yellow
 A tourist takes a selfie with the yellow landscape behind her

A tourist takes a selfie with the yellow landscape behind her
 St Paul's was just one of the famous London landmarks shrouded in yellow

St Paul’s was just one of the famous London landmarks shrouded in yellow
 A plume of dust brought from the Sahara Desert has landed on cars in the UK

A plume of dust brought from the Sahara Desert has landed on cars in the UK
 A car parked in Birmingham is seen with red dust on its roof today

A car parked in Birmingham is seen with red dust on its roof today

Remnants of the hurricane battered Britain’s west coast on Monday afternoon, with gusts of up to 80mph, exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

Flood warnings were also put in place along the Pembrokeshire coast with fallen trees blocking some roads.

Planes have been grounded at Manchester Airport, with 20 flights cancelled and passengers warned to check ahead.

Ireland was braced for the worst of the weather, with schools closed and around 130 flights cancelled at Dublin airport.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Five day weather forecast for the next five days

TONIGHT

The forecast is expected to remain wet and windy in the north and west.

According to the Met Office, strong winds will gradually move from Northern Ireland and Wales into Northern England and Scotland.

 

TUESDAY

Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland will be wet and windy.

But the winds and rain will ease throughout the day.

Some rain could reach the south later in the day.

 

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY

The rain and wind is expected to drive south by Wednesday.

But the tumultuous weather is not expected to ease up, with Friday expected to be “unsettled with showers”.

 

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 People joked on Twitter about the impact that the red sun would have on their commute home

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People joked on Twitter about the impact that the red sun would have on their commute home
 Others joked that the red sun phenomenon was part of Blade Runner 2049's marketing

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Others joked that the red sun phenomenon was part of Blade Runner 2049’s marketing
 People used sci-fi scenes to illustrate what it felt like in London with the strange red sun

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People used sci-fi scenes to illustrate what it felt like in London with the strange red sun
 Portsmouth was also affected - with people jokingly comparing it to Star Wars

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Portsmouth was also affected – with people jokingly comparing it to Star Wars
 People joked that they had spotted the Death Star in the stormy sky

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People joked that they had spotted the Death Star in the stormy sky
 And the Star Wars comparisons kept coming

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And the Star Wars comparisons kept coming
 People joked that an Instagram filter had been put over London

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People joked that an Instagram filter had been put over London
 Others referenced the desert in Mad Max: Fury Road as they joked about the yellow sky

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Others referenced the desert in Mad Max: Fury Road as they joked about the yellow sky
 A spooky coloured sky over Brading Downs on the Isle of Wight

A spooky coloured sky over Brading Downs on the Isle of Wight
 Despite the seemingly thick cloud a brilliant red sun shines through over the river Dart at Dartmouth today

Despite the seemingly thick cloud a brilliant red sun shines through over the river Dart at Dartmouth today

One flight caught the attention of social media, with the aircraft’s impressive landing in the strong winds earning the pilot praise. 

Schools and colleges were closed in Northern Ireland, which is covered with an amber weather warning, meaning there is a “potential risk to life and property”.

The warning is issued when forecasters believe people need to be prepared to change their plans and protect themselves from the impacts of severe weather.

Forecasters warned of flying debris, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown on to coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

Cork City’s stadium was struck by the strong winds, with their Turner’s Cross home demolished.

Original Article:https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4695254/hurricane-ophelia-red-sun-yellow-sky-weather-uk-ireland-latest/

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