‘Blood rain’ set to hit the UK as temperatures plunge

The hot spell is over

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Forecasters have warned the UK is set for a stark change in weather as so-called ‘blood rain’ is predicted to hit on Thursday (February 28).

The phenomenon is caused when dust mixes with rain and makes it a different colour. It can be anything from a light-orange to a deep red.

High winds across the Sahara Desert blew dust from Africa to the UK causing Britain’s worst air pollution for a year on Wednesday, and now the dust is expected to fall after hanging around in the atmosphere.

Cars may be covered in dust as rain falls (Credit: Rocha)

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It’s predicted to hit cars and houses and with a downpour of rain expected today as well, blood rain is set to be created.

Meteorologist for the Met Office, Becky Mitchell told the MailOnline: “Through satellite imagery we have been able to see the dust showing up, particularly across Scotland.”

She continued: “In the United Kingdom you only tend to see it after it has fallen.”

Credit: Genaro Servín
Rain rain go away… (Credit: Servin)

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans also said: “There is potential for dust on cars from Thursday’s showers in Scotland.”

The Met Office have also issued a fog warning for Thursday.

The latest weather twist comes after Britain has basked in days of sunshine and high temperatures, breaking records for February.

Tuesday (February 26) saw temperatures reach 21.2C at Kew Gardens in London.

But the cold winter weather has now returned and forecasters are even predicting snow will fall again next week.

Snow is on its way back (Credit:

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The Met Office revealed: “Monday will be largely cloudy, wet and windy with showers or longer spells of rain for many, and possibly some hill snow, although details are currently uncertain.

“Temperatures will be near or slightly below normal for the start of spring, perhaps temporarily milder as weather fronts move across.

“On high ground in the north, it may be cold enough for some snow to fall, and there is the continued threat of overnight frosts where skies clear.”

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