Red rain comes from dust in the Sahara desert
A meteorological phenomenon known as “blood rain” is predicted for this week in the United Kingdom. According to the local Meteorological Office, the term is used as red-colored rain that falls from the sky.
Blood rain occurs after dust or colored particles mix with the rain, providing a red appearance when it falls. This time, the phenomenon comes from the African continent.
“Saharan dust is being drawn north to affect the UK in the coming days following recent dust storms in North Africa,” Marco Petagna from the Office of Meteorology told BBC.
In addition to bringing red rain, the red dust could also bring some colorful sunsets. The event is not unprecedented and could happen other times in 2024.
Why the phenomenon occurs in the United Kingdom
The Meteorological Office also explains that the phenomenon occurs in the United Kingdom because “the wind can blow strongly over deserts — lifting dust and sand high into the sky.”
“If the winds in the upper part of the atmosphere blow north, dust can be transported as far as the UK. For dust to come down from the sky to the ground, you need something to wash it out of the sky, like rain,” he said. the folder.