Scorching temperature and Saharan dust cloud create blanket on European skies

 Thursday, March 17, 2022 


Scorching temperature and Saharan dust cloud create blanket on European skies

The United Kingdom weather forecast says that scorching 18 degree C temperatures could bring hottest day of the year.  Now, the Brits are facing a freezing start to Thursday where temperatures could drop to -4C before the mercury rises and it could reach a balmy 18C ahead of a hot and sunny weekend. The Saharan dust moving across Europe has hit the UK, turning the skies orange over southern parts of the country, meteorologists have said.

It comes ahead of what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far on Saturday, with temperatures set to reach up to 18C in some areas. The dust cloud, which is about 2km above ground level, hit Sussex, Kent and London on Wednesday afternoon. The overall impact is “unlikely” to be significant, forecasters said, but people in affected areas were able to see a “red or orange tinge” in the sky.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud explained that the colours were caused by a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering from additional particles in the air.  He said that the dust in the atmosphere causes the light to be more refracted, so you get the dominance of the red and orange tinges of the spectrum.

A large high pressure system will bring the soaring temperatures on Friday but before that people are likely to wake up to frosty start on Thursday.

The weather for the rest of March remains changeable with the UK set to see the highest temperatures of the year so far with it reaching 18C on Friday but there is then an unsettled outlook for next week.

Going into Thursday, according to the weather report, said that it could get as low as -4C in Scotland and it will be chilly with wind and rain for much of the day in the north while further south there will be warmer weather and sunshine.

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said that for the Western Isles and Northern Ireland the clouds will thicken here with some showery bursts of rain through the early hours of the morning and a strengthening wind.

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