UK could see ‘rain of blood’ this week
The UK could see a “rain of blood” this week as severe thunderstorms mix with a cloud of dust, forecasters say.
Red or orange rains could fall in parts of the country, as showers, lightning, high winds and hail move in.
According to the Met Office, “blood rain” occurs when relatively high concentrations of red-colored dust or particles mix with rain, giving it a red appearance when it falls.
A yellow thunderstorm warning was also issued from Wednesday evening until the early hours of Thursday in the South East, including London, saying people should expect to see disruption to their travels.
It comes after Britons basked in the country’s hottest day of the year on Tuesday, after temperatures in the south-east peaked at 27.5C.
Richard Miles, from the Met Office, told the PA news agency: ‘There are currently concentrations of dust in the atmosphere over the UK which could well be washed away by rain this evening, but there is are likely to be relatively small amounts overall.
“There is a thunderstorm warning for the south-eastern third of England this evening, and a squally cold front will bring wind and occasional heavy rain to Northern Ireland and north-west Scotland this evening.
“Away from these features, it will be mostly sunny and dry today and tomorrow, temperatures up to 23-24C in London and the South East, high teens or 20s elsewhere.