Storm Ophelia causes sun to turn blood-red in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 18 October 2017

A blood red sun over Honiton. Ref mhh 42 17TI 2031. Picture: Terry Ife

A blood red sun over Honiton. Ref mhh 42 17TI 2031. Picture: Terry Ife


The sun has turned the unusual colour due to remnants of the storm blowing tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

You could be forgiven for thinking the blood-red sun and eerie glow in Honiton’s sky is a sign of the apocalypse - or even the result of an early Halloween prank gone wrong.

But the real reason for the spooky sight is due to the remnants of Storm Ophelia, which is bearing down on the British Isles at pace.

According to weather experts, the weird phenomena is caused by Saharan dust and smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia scattering the blue light from the sun, letting more red light through.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings across the South West and said the hurricane is expected to bring winds of up to 50mph to the South West, including in Sidmouth, Exmouth and Honiton.

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