What the heck?! BLOOD rain could fall in some parts of the UK as downpours, lightning, strong winds, and hail move in.
WHAT IS BLOOD RAIN?
According to a report by The Sun, Blood rain is a weather phenomenon where it looks as if blood falls like rain from the sky.
Before the 17th century it was thought this strange weather was caused by actual blood and considered a bad omen.
It’s understood that blood rain occurs when relatively high concentrations of red coloured dust or particles get mixed into rain, giving it a red appearance as it falls.
PREDICTION FOR THE UK:
A yellow thunderstorm warning was in place until the early hours of this morning in London and the south-east, with people in the area warned of disruption to travel.
It comes just days after Britons basked in the country’s hottest day of the year on Tuesday, with temperatures in the south-east peakng at 27.5C
HOW DOES BLOOD RAIN HAPPEN?
According to a report by the Met Office, the forces that drive our weather can be quite powerful and do some surprising things – including lifting things like sand or even small objects and transporting them large distances.
“In the case of blood rain, strong winds or storms can whip up dust and sand. As this becomes airborne, it can get caught up in atmospheric circulation, where it can be carried for thousands of miles.”
The report further stated that eventually, the dust would either fall out of the sky due to gravity or be caught up in rain clouds, where it mixes with the water droplets. When these fall as rain, the raindrops could appear red.