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Britain wakes up to unusual #RedSun “caused” by Hurricane Ophelia; think ‘Is this the end?’

The unusual occurrence was due to the remnants of the hurricane dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. However, Tweeple from Britain are freaking out and thinking it's time for "acocalypse" or a scene out of Hollywood films.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2017 10:38:05 pm
A plane flies past the Shard in central London, as the sky takes on an unusual orange colour caused by Hurricane Ophelia Monday. (Source: AP)

With global warming and climatic change, we have seen a wide display of nature’s fury in the last few months. With severe floods and hurricane and after hurricane, the situation has been grim. At present, the United Kingdom and Ireland are under the grip of Hurricane Ophelia, and on Monday morning, Londoners woke up to a rosy sky. Yes, like a murky blanket eclipsing the skyline of the city and nearby towns.

The unusual phenomenon grabbed everyone’s attention and people took to social media to share their views about the dramatic condition. Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with photos of the urban landscape in auburn hues. As Britain’s Met Office warned of very windy weather in parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England, the impending storm’s path is likely to bring it to Wales, northern England, and Scotland on Tuesday.

Till the hurricane reaches the British shores, people are drawing bizarre and eerie inferences of the scarlet sky. From impending “zombie attack” and London’s natural “Instagram filter”, people have also linked it to UK’s political condition. and of course there were filmy references, drawing similarities from Max Max Fury or Blade Runner. Sample these.

The sun was bright red, and people were convinced it’s a bad omen, asking does it mean “the end of the world?” With thouands tweeting about the strange weather #redSun started dominating Twitter trend in the UK.

According to the country’s Met Office, the dark hue of the sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust. “This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky, ” The Telegraph, UK reported.

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