Saharan dust hits UK leaving cars covered in dirt after record 25C Easter scorcher

SAHARAN dust has hit the UK today, leaving cars covered in dust after a record 25C Easter scorcher weekend.

Brits were left stunned as they were confronted by the red sky phenomenon this morning, brought on by African winds blowing in from the south.

With dry days forecasted, polished the car for first time in months. Didn’t anticipate this! 😩 🤯#SaharanDust

Many Brits took to social media to share photos of their cars covered in the African sands, with reports coming from South Wales and Devon.

One bemoaned: "With dry days forecasted, polished the car for first time in months. Didn’t anticipate this!"

Met Office spokesperson Richard Miles explained the phenomenon, saying: "When the air mass comes from that southerly direction, it can pick up that Saharan dust and lift it into the atmosphere.

"It came down in places with the showers overnight, which is why people might have seen some dust on cars."

While the dust in the atmosphere has been attributed to this morning's red glow, forecasters said it was unlikely to replicate the unreal scenes in October 2017 that saw a blanket of orange cloud descend on the UK due to Hurricane Ophelia.

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The bizarre dust storm comes after England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.

The heatwave has also helped Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoy their warmest Easter Monday on record, the Met Office said.

Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.

But the hot weather is not expected to stick around, with thunderstorms expected to sweep the UK as early as Wednesday.

Mr Miles said: "The end of the nice weather is on the way, unfortunately.

"From tomorrow we are expected to see thunderstorms and much more unsettled weather in the next few days."

Temperatures are also expected to dip to 11C – below the April average of 13C.

The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.

Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter's biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.

The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.

@wrexham Saharan Dust in Wrexham on car this [email protected] @ITVWales

Plenty of Saharan dust deposited by showers in the south west overnight

#Saharandust all over my recently washed car!!! @metoffice #Loveukweather

There's a lot of Saharan dust over the UK at the moment blown up on long fetch Southerly winds so don't be too surprised to see a coating of dust on your car.

We're also likely to see some incredibly red sunsets over the next 2/3 days.

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