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Crete covered by eerie Saharan orange dust whipped up by strong winds

  • The Greek island turned an unusual marmalade colour because of dust from the Sahara whipped up by wind
  •  The veil of dust meant the island was enveloped by hazy orange skies for the day, making it look other-worldy
  •  Plumes of dust typically move off the African coast every three to five days at this time of the year
  • A Sahara dust manifestation happened in Britain last year because of winds whipped up by Hurricane Ophelia 

Tourists and locals in Crete woke to a surreal scene on Thursday morning with the Greek holiday island covered in a plume of orange Saharan dust.

Images show the island in a yellowish hue after southerly winds transferred the dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa.

The veil of dust meant the island was surrounded by hazy orange skies for the day, making the location look like somewhere from another world.

And it was all yellow: Crete Port turned a bizarre hue on Thursday when it was covered with Sahara dust

Orange'tastic: The mass of dusty and very dry air forms over the Sahara Desert from late spring into early autumn and is known as the Saharan air layer

Orange’tastic: The mass of dusty and very dry air forms over the Sahara Desert from late spring into early autumn and is known as the Saharan air layer

Mystical:  Tourists and locals in Crete woke to a surreal scene yesterday morning, with the entire horizon an unusual colour 

Mystical:  Tourists and locals in Crete woke to a surreal scene yesterday morning, with the entire horizon an unusual colour 

The mass of dusty and very dry air forms over the Sahara Desert from late spring into early autumn and is known as the Saharan air layer.

Plumes of dust typically move off the African coast every three to five days during this time.

The Saharan air layer is usually located 5,000 to 20,000 feet above the Earth’s surface and travels due to strong winds.

The dust usually presents high concentrations of lead, zinc, chromium and vanadium and has been associated with health problems in the Greek population.

The veil of dust meant the island was surrounded by hazy orange skies for the day, making the location look like somewhere from another world. The mass of dusty and very dry air forms over the Sahara Desert from late spring into early fall and is known as the Saharan air layer. Plumes of dust typically move off the African coast every three to five days during this time

The veil of dust meant the island was surrounded by hazy orange skies for the day, making the location look like somewhere from another world. The mass of dusty and very dry air forms over the Sahara Desert from late spring into early fall and is known as the Saharan air layer. Plumes of dust typically move off the African coast every three to five days during this time

A comparison picture shows the island of Crete on March 23 the day after it was covered in orange Saharan dust

A comparison picture shows the island of Crete on March 23 the day after it was covered in orange Saharan dust

Thursday's orange cloud gave Crete something of a look about Mars on Thursday as resident struggled to adjust to the unusual from of light 

Thursday’s orange cloud gave Crete something of a look about Mars on Thursday as resident struggled to adjust to the unusual from of light 

The dust usually contains a high concentrations of lead, zinc, chromium and vanadium and has been associated with health problems in the Greek population 

The dust usually contains a high concentrations of lead, zinc, chromium and vanadium and has been associated with health problems in the Greek population 

Last year Britain was cast by an eerie Martian gloom as Saharan dust whipped across the Atlantic by Hurricane Ophelia shrouded the sun turning skies over the nation red.

The October storm was believed to have picked up dust from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal as it travelled towards the UK.

Skies over London and other parts of the UK were covered in a murky orange haze as the desert dust mixed with clouds, offering residents in the capital a stark contrast to the grey that usually greeted them at that time of year.

In 2013 it was reported that dust from the Sahara had traveled thousands of miles across the Atlantic and covered the state of Texas in a cloud of haze.

A number of Texans at the time reported an increase in allergy symptoms as a result of the African dust cloud. 

The tiny particles aggravated existing heart and lung conditions, such as asthma, so doctors advised people to stay indoors until the cloud passed within a matter of days.

 

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