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Why did the sun turn red over Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 08:31 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 17 October 2017

The sky over the Pb Creative office in Swardeston. Photo: Pb Creative

The sky over the Pb Creative office in Swardeston. Photo: Pb Creative

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If you were outside yesterday afternoon you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary.

The Red Sun over Norwich. The phenomenon is due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Red Sun over Norwich. The phenomenon is due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A red sun caused by Storm Ophelia was spotted in the sky over parts of Norfolk yesterday.

People across the county took to social media to share photos of the unusual phenomenon.

Red sun seen from the Reedham Ferry. Photo: Martin (The Ferryman)Red sun seen from the Reedham Ferry. Photo: Martin (The Ferryman)

Chris Bell tweeted: “Such crazy sunlight out there.”

While Dameon Layt added: “Eerie red sun over Norfolk this afternoon.”

Red sky over Gimingham near Mundesley. Photo: June CollingwoodRed sky over Gimingham near Mundesley. Photo: June Collingwood

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said the former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.

“It’s all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction,” he said.

“Air is being pulled from southern Europe and Africa and that air contains a lot of dust.

“So it’s most likely the appearance of sunset at midday is caused by the particles scattering the light and giving the appearance of a red sun.”

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