Why does the sky over Derbyshire look yellow today?

If you've set foot in Derbyshire today, you can't fail to have noticed the strange colour of the sky.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 5:31 pm
Dust from Africa has turned the sky yellow giving a sepia tinge to the world today. Picture Ashley booker

Well, if you want to know the answer, here’s why. The unusual colour of the sky and the redness of the sun today is likely to be due to smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia along with desert dust high up in the atmosphere originating from North Africa.

Some aircraft flying at altitude have reported a smell of burning in the cabin which reinforces this theory.

As ex hurricane Ophelia passes to the west of the UK is it bringing with it air from much further south and this air is not only giving us today’s muggy weather but also bringing dust with it. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset - giving the sky a distinct orange or yellow glow.