Why is the sun and sky such a weird colour?

The sky earlier today
The sky earlier today

While Britain braces itself for the possible arrival of Storm Ophelia, here in the east we have been experiencing a hurricane sun.

According to a Met Office Tweet ex-Hurricane Ophelia has drawn Saharan dust north to the UK, making the sun appear red.

Some people have said there is a strange burning smell accompanying today’s weather phenomenon.

The high winds are predicted to affect the region until midnight on Monday October 16 when the bad weather will move north.