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Hurricane Ophelia turned the sun red over England

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Hurricane Ophelia has turned the sun red over parts of England.

Residents in the South West, the Midlands, North West and North East have reported an "unusual" reddish sky and a red sun, the BBC reported.

The phenomenon was caused by the hurricane dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara, according to BBC weather presenter Simon King.

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"The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK," King said.

Forest fires in Portugal and Spain were another contributing factor, King said.

People shared their views of the red sun on Twitter.

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