UK weather – ‘BLOOD RAIN’ to hit as 500-mile wide Saharan dust cloud collides with 50mph Atlantic storm over Britain

SAND from the Sahara Desert will fall on parts of Britain tomorrow bringing “blood rain” as 50mph gales from the Atlantic are set to batter the UK.

The phenomena is caused when dust mixes with rain and the precipitation to change hues from a light orange to a blood red.

The Met Offic says today's weather will be sunny with possible highs of 20C before thunderstorms bring wet and windy weather to the UK
The Met Office says today’s weather will be sunny thunderstorms bring wet and windy weather to the UK
This weather map shows a band of showers coming across the UK on Thursday, February 28
This weather map shows a band of showers coming across the UK on Thursday, February 28
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This weather map shows how gale-force winds are predicted to hit parts of Scotland and England on March 2

This weather map shows how gale-force winds are predicted to hit parts of Scotland and England on March 2

The Saharan dust is visible above Scotland on Wednesday, February 27 as it is expected to fall in the coming days
The Saharan dust is visible above Scotland on Wednesday, February 27 as it is expected to fall in the coming days
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Dust has blown 2,500 miles from Africa across the Sahara Desert and is now expected to fall over the UK – landing on cars and homes tomorrow.

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

“This is due to our having winds coming up from the south, which has brought the dust our way from North Africa.

“Some of this may fall tomorrow, and often when it does people will see it on their cars.”

It comes as the warm weather will be stamped out because of a storm from the Atlantic preparing to batter Britain with 50mph gales and rain – before it snows next week.

Clouds are predicted to move in and bring downpours across much of the country, according to the latest weather forecast.

Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: “Today was going to be the last day of any warmth and dry, settled weather.”

“Some of those showers could be heavy and there could be a rumbling of thunder with that as well.”

Weather maps illustrate showery rain, possibly heavy and thundery, spreading east through tomorrow.

Wet and windy conditions are predicted for the rest of the weekend before temperatures are set to drop.

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Gales up to 50mph are expected to rip through parts of North West Scotland on Saturday.

Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist, said gales on the western parts of Wales and North West England can reach up to 45mph.

She told The Sun Online: “It will rain about 20-30millimetres in the west and much of the North West of the UK on Saturday and it can reach up to 40mm on higher ground.

“It is certainly the first of heavier rain we have seen for a while.”

After the rain and wind, temperatures will drop to -2 and -3C in some places overnight, bringing a risk of frost, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said.

Weather maps show there will be widespread snow cover next week, with up to 5cm falling on Thursday March 3.

Scotland will be covered in the white stuff with the north of England, West Midlands and North wales also blanketed.

Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told the Sun Online: “We are seeing a change in weather over the next 24 hours.

“High pressure has brought mild temperatures and dry weather to the UK but as we speak the high pressure is breaking down.

“We will have a return to westerly winds and low pressure typical for this time of year.

“So it won’t be as warm as it has been this week and there will be spells of rain and wind.

“With the switchback to westerly mobiles, there is a chance some areas could see some hill snow.

“From Monday there’s a chance northern parts of the countries will see snow and sleet in hilly areas.

This weather map for Thursday, February 28 shows rain hitting southern parts of the UK
This weather map for Thursday, February 28 shows rain hitting southern parts of the UK
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This weather map for March 7 shows the white stuff hitting parts of Wales, Scotland and England
This weather map for March 7 shows the white stuff hitting parts of Wales, Scotland and England
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Gale-force winds are set to to come from the east on Saturday, March 2
Gale-force winds are set to to come from the east on Saturday, March 2
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“As we lose the warmer temperatures, areas over high ground can become cold enough for snow to form.”

Britain basked in its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2C in Kew Gardens, London.

The high of 21.2C followed a record of 20.6C at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, on Monday, which beat the previous high in 1998 of 19.7C in Greenwich, South East London.

But the incredibly warm weather saw a huge blaze breaking out on the side of a mountain in Betws Yn Rhos in North Wales.

Firefighters also had to battle a wildfire which had broken out at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, best known as the setting of A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.

Huge fires also broke out in Edinburgh and crews were battling a fierce blaze in Saddleworth Moor late into Tuesday.

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Crews said the ground is drier because of the unusual warm weather which could result in a number of outdoor fires this week.

Firefighters may welcome the showers that are predicted for much of the UK on Thursday, while those enjoying unseasonable sunbathing may not.

Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said temperatures as high as 20C could be recorded in London on Wednesday, with largely “wall-to-wall sunshine across the UK”.

He said: “It’s going to feel pretty pleasant out there so certainly make the most of this exceptionally mild weather.”

Blue skies in Britain can be seen in this NASA Terra satellite image taken at 1pm yesterday
Snow is set to return to the UK at the end of next week, this image shows Haslingden in East Lancashire, during the last dump of snow in January
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Fires at the Lizard in Cornwall as the heatwave dries vegetation
Fires at the Lizard in Cornwall as the heatwave dries vegetation

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