What has caused Britain's red sky today?

The red sun seen next to The Shard building in central London. Credit: PA

An interesting phenomena that is a result of the movement of ex-Ophelia is the colour of the sky and the sun on Monday morning.

The same southerly winds that have brought us the current warmth have also drawn dust from the Sahara and smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia (Spain/Portugal) to our latitudes.

The dust, which has been seen on cars, scatters the blue light from the sun, letting more red light through - much as at sunrise or sunset.

As captured across the UK:

The sun had an eerie red hue this afternoon.
This image was captured by students at Manchester University.
The sky and sun above Haughton Green, Manchester showed a red glow. Credit: Geoff Austin
The red ring around the sun was photographed above Dudley. Credit: Stacey Harrison
The view was more akin to sunrise and sunset was captured in daytime. Credit: Graham Kirk