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THE sky above Britain turned yellow today after a red sun was created by fatal Hurricane Ophelia.

The gales pulled Saharan dust north to the UK to create a blanket of orange cloud, with the deadly storms also bringing powerful 80mph winds

The layer of thick dust brought an eerie glow across the sky and turned the sun red as Hurricane Ophelia killer winds picked up dust and debris southern Europe and Africa.

As well as sparking fears of an apocalypse, there were health concerns this afternoon as the thick blanket of dust swirling in the sky posed a risk  to people with breathing difficulties and the elderly.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said said: "It's all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction.

"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."

Dubbed the "hurricane sun", the unusual sight has been spotted by those on the south coast.

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