Pictures: Red sun and sky spotted over Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 12:44 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 16 October 2017

The red sun over Weston. Picture: Love Weston

The red sun over Weston. Picture: Love Weston

Love Weston

There has been an eerie red glow over Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset today (Monday), and some people have also spotted a red-looking sun.

It is believed the strange phenomenon is due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

BBC weather presenter Simon King said the dust caused light to be refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths, making it appear red.

The Met Office has put a yellow weather warning in place as windy weather is likely today because of ex-Ophelia.

Castle Batch Primary School, in Worle, will close this afternoon as a result.

MORE: School closure announced due to heavy wind warning.

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