What a day! If you've stepped outside this morning you could be forgiven for wondering if you'd woken up on Mars. Many of you have told me just that! There's a blood red sun, a yellow sky and a rather strange smell. But I'm here to tell you that all is well! The world is not about to end, and there is a good reason for all of it! So here's the most likely explanation.
The unusual colour of the sky and the redness of the sun today is possibly due to desert dust high up in the atmosphere originating from North Africa, along with smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia.
As ex-hurricane Ophelia passes to the west of the UK is it bringing with it air from much further south and this air is not only giving us today’s warmer temperatures but also bringing the dust with it. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through, much as you would usually see at sunrise or sunset.
Measurements from the surface air quality network show no evidence of significant dust concentrations in the air at the surface.
Please keep your pictures coming my way! You can tweet them to me @ruthwignall, and I'll keep you updated throughout the day!