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Saharan dust moving across Europe could reach the UK on Wednesday

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An orange sky is seen over a building in Navares, southeastern Spain (Javier Carrion/Europa Press via AP) (AP)

Saharan dust moving across Europe could hit the UK on Wednesday, forecasters said.

The Meteorological Office has said that the dust cloud, which is 2 km above ground level, may fall during the rains in the south of the country in the afternoon.

It comes as parts of southern Spain have been covered behind a thick plume that has dyed the sky orange, with satellite images clearly showing the dust over France.

Meteorologists say the impact is “unlikely” to be significant, with the dust potentially most visible at sunset.

Richard Miles of the Met Office told the PA news agency: “Storm Celia over Spain is kicking up a cloud of dust from the Sahara, which could reach as far south as the UK.”

“However, we do not expect significant impacts; this would most likely be cloudscapes at sunset, but as conditions are likely to be generally cloudy and humid for much of the day, this is unlikely to mean much. There are no air quality warnings.

“People in the south could find a bit of dust on their cars as rain washes it out of the sky today.”

Wednesday is expected to be cloudy for most of England, Wales and eastern Scotland; with increasingly heavy and widespread rains later in the day in the central and eastern areas.

The rain in England will start to clear up as many regions turn cold, with spotty frosts and some rural fog, the Met Office said.

Rain, frost and fog will continue to affect parts of the UK for the rest of the week.


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