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This is why cars in Southampton were covered in a layer of dust

Saharan dust coated vehicles and caused hazy skies in Southampton overnight.

Many people were left wondering how their vehicles came to be covered in the fine layer of dust.

Daily Echo:

The phenomenon sees a mixture of sand and dust carried from the Saharan desert in northern Africa across Europe and as far as the UK.

The Met Office shared satellite pictures on Wednesday that showed clouds of dust approaching the UK from the east.

The clouds caused hazy skies last night across the country, and people in Southampton were greeted by the sight this morning.

The Met Office explained the phenomenon.

Their website reads: “Once it is lifted from the ground by strong winds, clouds of dust can reach very high altitudes and be transported worldwide, covering thousands of miles.

“Saharan dust is relatively common in the UK often happening several times a year when big dust storms in the Sahara coincide with southerly wind patterns.

“In certain weather situations, Saharan dust can also affect air pollution and pollution levels.”



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