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Why is the sun red & why is the sky a strange colour?

A red sun at Mudeford Dorset Credit: Emma Duguid

According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.

This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset.

Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.

Wilton Windmill, Just South Of Hungerford. Credit: Ken Rayner

Smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia has also been pulled up high up into the atmosphere by ex hurricane Ophelia.

Some aircraft flying at altitude have reported a smell of burning in the cabin which reinforces this theory.

The sun over the New Forest Credit: Greg Parker

Storm Ophelia has a nasty sting

Storm Ophelia is blowing thousands of poisonous Portuguese-man-of-War jellyfish, which can be fatal, on to beaches across the south from Dorset to Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, and the Isle of Wight.

The jellyfish are known as floating terrors because their sting is so painful. UK Coastguard are warning beachgoers and dog walkers not to touch the them because they can in rare cases, cause a fatal allergic reaction in animals and humans.

Portuguese-man-of-war are about 20 cm long Credit: NOS

We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members of the public yesterday and today. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to their local council.

– Aimee Rampton UK Coastguard
Portuguese-man-of-war Credit: @shorehamport

First aid advice would be to remove the sting by scraping it away with a credit card or stick then soak any affected area in warm sea water and seek medical advice if symptoms become concerning by calling 111

Do not use urine to treat a jellyfish sting. Do not use vinegar to treat a Portuguese man of war sting as it will make the pain worse. Use paracetamol or Ibuprofen to numb the pain. If the sting is to the eyes or ingested you must go to your nearest A&E immediately. Pets should be taken to an emergency vet practice.

– RNLI spokesman

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Introducing... our new weather presenter Holly Green

ITV Meridian says... 'Hello Holly!' Credit: ITV Meridian

Holly is a Met Office trained forecaster with an MSc in Meteorology.

After completing her studies at Reading University she spent a year training as a forecaster before heading to RAF Coningsby.

Whilst there she provided detailed forecasts and daily briefings for the aircrew of the Eurofighter Typhoons and classic World War II aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. (You have to be pretty sure of your forecasting skills to tell a room full of pilots they can't go flying!)

Holly Green behind the scenes at ITV Meridian Credit: ITV Meridian

Holly was then offered a job with BBC Weather where she briefed the national and regional presenters before eventually making her own move in front of the camera.

Now she is delighted to be joining the Meridian team where she can use her experience to keep the region up to date with the forecast every day.

Welcome Holly!

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