October 16, 2017
Red sun 'caused by Hurricane Ophelia' seen in Burnham-On-Sea

An unusual reddish sky and red-looking sun have been spotted by resdients in the Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday) and across many parts of England.

The phenomenon was initially seen in the west of England and Wales before spreading to other areas.

The Met Office said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara, plus smoke from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

"The dust has caused shorter wavelength blue light to be scattered, making it appear red," explained a spokesman.

These photos were taken in Burnham-On-Sea by a reader

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