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Storm Ophelia turns east London sky yellow

PUBLISHED: 17:08 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 October 2017

Hurricane Ophelia turned the London sky a different colour

Hurricane Ophelia turned the London sky a different colour

Ken Mears

You’d have been forgiven for thinking you were seeing the east London sky through an Instagram filter this afternoon, as Storm Ophelia turned the capital a strange shade of yellow.

The storm - downgraded from a hurricane - has been ravaging Ireland, with three people so far confirmed dead.

And the unusual weather has not escaped the UK either, with a red sun also visible from parts of the country.

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.

“It’s certainly spectacular at the moment and quite a talking point, we’ve had a lot of calls about it.”

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