Sunday, July 21

A strong storm Ophelia turn the sun red in UK



Parts of England have experienced an unusual side effect from Storm Ophelia: a blood red sun.

The former hurricane’s powerful winds have pulled air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa – with the spectacular sight prompting “lots of calls” to the Met Office.

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

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.

Sharon Derrick was one of those admiring the dramatic skyline, saying: Bristol looks like the film The Red Planet… the weather is bizarre.

The Bristol Nomad – a part-time photographer – also took pictures of the “very freaky sky” over the city.

Over in Ireland, hundreds of birds were in the darkening skies.

Sarah in Cork tweeted: Ummmm… think they know there’s something big coming?