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Hurricane Ophelia creates red sun phenomenon over Wrexham

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Oct 16th, 2017.

An odd hazy sky and overly red sun is being caused by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia bringing small particles of Saharan dust and causing the sun to glow red and orange.

Many will have seen extra dust on their car windscreens this morning, with the particles dropped with early morning rainfall.

Through the morning into midday the sky has gradually become darker as the storm moves north easterly, and starts to hit Ireland.

The technical explanation is that light is refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths therefore making it appear redder than usual.

The below image shows the track of the storm, plus the feed in of the desert dust:

Below are some pictures we’ve been tweeted this morning of the sun over Wrexham:

A travel warning has also been issued by police today, with winds set to hit 50mph locally early this afternoon. People are advised to take extra care and only travel if absolutely necessary.

If travelling to the North Wales coast, the gusts are set to be stronger and disruption on the roads is expected.

Thanks to Dickens Vauxhall for the top picture of the very odd sun!

 

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