It's raining blood! Sahara storms will turn rain red for Halloween

Updated: 

Met office says Sahara storms will turn rain red in time for HalloweenGetty


We've heard some strange UK weather forecasts in our time, but blood-red rain is a new one on us. Yes, according to the Met Office, that's what's on the way next.

Britain has experienced the weirdest weather on record this year and there's no sign of this changing as forecasters say our Indian summer will be followed by the first snow of winter on Friday and we could see red rain fall across the country.

A wave of hot air from North Africa will sweep through the UK and could bring 'blood rain' - rain carrying red dust kicked up by storms in the Sahara desert, which is so powerful that it can stain cars.


It's raining blood! Sahara storms will turn rain red for HalloweenGlasgow last week/Getty


A Met office spokeswoman told the Independent: "Where there has been rain in the southeast there has been red dust brought down with it. When the rain dries off it leaves a red residue."

If this wasn't strange enough, the warmer weather we're currently experiencing will be replaced by freezing Arctic winds by the weekend and we could see snow falling in the north of England and Scotland.

Emma Sharples of the Met Office told The Metro: 'People should enjoy the warm weather while it lasts – because it won't last much longer.

It's raining blood! Sahara storms will turn rain red for HalloweenSheffield, Oct 16 2012/Getty


"During the week, it is going to be warmer than you expect for this time of year. But there is going to be a sharp contrast as a cold snap sweeps across the country from Friday, which will make it feel very cold."


Weird weather and strange phenomena around the world

Weird weather and strange phenomena around the world


Related articles

UK has experienced 'weirdest weather on record' this year

It's going to be a warm week - but snow is forecast for Friday


Sign up to our weekly newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook