Menu

Saharan dust coats cars in Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 7th September, 2023 - 5:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Saharan dust has left cars dirty across the city Pic: Blog Preston

Motorists across Preston awoke to find the heatwave had brought a coating of dust.

Many places saw showers overnight and in the early morning on Thursday (7 September) and the Met Office says the ‘dirty rain’ is due to Saharan dust.

The city is currently in the grip of an official heatwave with temperatures reaching nearly 30 degrees in the day and then up in the low 20s overnight.

Read more: Preston and Lancashire covered by heat-health alert as temperatures soar

Need some famous Preston rain to wash the cars clean again Pic: Blog Preston

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “As in other parts of the world, the wind can blow strongly over deserts – whipping up dust and sand high into the sky. If the winds in the upper part of the atmosphere are blowing north, the dust can be carried as far as the UK.

“Once it is lifted from the ground by strong winds, clouds of dust can reach very high altitudes and be transported worldwide, covering thousands of miles.

“In order for the dust to get from up in the sky down to the ground, you need something to wash it out of the sky – rain. As raindrops fall, they collect particles of dust on the way down. Then when the raindrops land on something and eventually evaporate, they leave behind a layer of dust.

“Saharan dust is relatively common in the UK often happening several times a year when big dust storms in the Sahara coincide with southerly wind patterns. In certain weather situations, Saharan dust can also affect air pollution and pollution levels.”

Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines

Share
Preston in pictures 155 345 1XXX 08XX leeds - Blackpool North awaits time at Preston (10XX) Tuesday 23rd May 1989Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024Preston City Mela 2024 View more
Advertisement
Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's email newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday and Wednesday rounding up our top stories and more.

Advertisement
News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

The Preston Guide

Discover local businesses and services near you.

Advertisement
Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Blog Preston email updates

Receive our digest of the biggest and best stories every Sunday to your email inbox

We respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time from our emails