Cars covered in Sahara dust

A coating of Saharan dust on some cars in Devon & Cornwall Credit: ITV News

Drivers across Devon and Cornwall were left slightly confused after finding a thin coating of red dust on their cars.

Thanks to an odd weather pattern, small specks of sand have been picked up from the Sahara desert and made their way north through Europe.

Experts say a sandstorm over Algeria last week saw the sand launched high into the atmosphere.

It mixed with rain clouds and came down in light rain showers leaving cars coated in a thin grime.