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Met Office Reveal Why The Sky Is Such An Odd Colour Today

Ali Condon

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Met Office Reveal Why The Sky Is Such An Odd Colour Today

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If you've looked out the window today, you might have noticed that the sky is looking a little bit more yellow than usual.

Don't worry, though - It's not a sign of the apocalypse just yet.

According to meteorologists, the rather eerie colour is a result of a major dust storm thats sweeping across European skies. See? Absolutely nothing to worry about...

Brits have noticed that the sky is looking a little yellow today. (Credit: Twitter/@MNdashi)
Brits have noticed that the sky is looking a little yellow today. (Credit: Twitter/@MNdashi)

Strong winds are bringing dust all the way from The Sahara and blowing it across the Mediterranean Sea, creating clouds so thick that the skies are turning yellow.

On Tuesday, skies across Spain turned a deep red-orange colour as the dust cloud, known as Calima, took over, resulting in dangerously poor air conditions.

While people in Spain were advised to wear masks outdoors and stay inside as much as possible, the air change also affected areas like Portugal and the Canary and Balearic Islands.

The city of Madrid was covered in an orange mist on Tuesday. (Credit: Alamy)
The city of Madrid was covered in an orange mist on Tuesday. (Credit: Alamy)

Now, it looks like effects of the Saharan dust storm are spreading towards to UK.

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

Clouds from the dust storm have also spread out as far as Switzerland, Germany, and France, transforming the skies from bright blue to a sickly yellow.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Carol Kirkwood warned that Brits could possibly experience poor air quality on Wednesday as a result of the dust storm.

"There has been very poor air quality today in parts of Spain, and it could well affect us in the southeast and East Anglia on Wednesday.

"So if you wake up on Wednesday and your car is covered in orange dust you know where it's coming from and why."

You'll see yellow skies out your window today. (Credit: Alamy)
You'll see yellow skies out your window today. (Credit: Alamy)

Meanwhile, Richard Miles of the Met Office has explained that the UK should not expect "significant impacts."

He said: "The most likely would be on the cloudscapes at sunset but, as conditions are likely to be generally overcast and wet for much of the day, this is unlikely to amount to much. There are no air-quality warnings.

“People in the south might find a bit of dust left on their cars as the rain washes it out of the skies today.”

Topics: News, Weather

Ali Condon
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