Search

Weather quirk sees Saharan dust cover cars in Havering

09:39 01 April 2014

Southerly winds have caused the phenomenon, which according to the Met Office happens a few times a year. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Southerly winds have caused the phenomenon, which according to the Met Office happens a few times a year. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

2014 Getty Images

Did you wake up to a dirty car yesterday morning? Don’t blame next door’s builders; it’s very likely your motor was covered in fine dust from the Sahara.

Incredibly, particles of sand from the African desert were whipped into the sky, blown over the continent, and deposited on much of the UK when it rained on Sunday evening, including in Havering.

Maggie Adams said on the Recorder’s Facebook: “My car was filthy this morning and I washed it yesterday - wondered where it come from.”

Joanne Daniels quipped: “That’s about as close to the desert as I’m ever going to get!”

Others may have some apologising to do.

Lisa Lowe said: “Oh, I blamed my neighbour and his building work.”

Southerly winds caused the phenomenon, which according to the Met Office happens a few times a year.

A spokesman for the forecasters confirmed the dust, which is most easily observed on shiny surfaces as a thin film or muddy blotches, would be seen in London.

“This is something that happens a fair few times a year.

“We see dust from the Sahara whipped up by stormy winds, carried by the clouds and dropped when it rains.”

BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker (@Shafernaker) joked: “Today in london there’s SO much #sahara #dust that travel by #camel is simply a must!”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

16:50
Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the assault

Police have launched an investigation after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a Tube train.

Sammie Aubrey with a goat at Wellgate Farm that is believed to have gone to slaughter. Photo: Tracy Aubrey.

Just when is the right time to teach children about the circle of life?

15:14
Suttons Primary School choir performs at Queen's Hospital, Romford

Pupils shared some festive cheer by singing carols at Queen’s Hospital.

14:19
Keeley Johnson and her son Logan are supported by Haven House Children's Hospice

A mother whose first baby died of a rare neurological disorder faces the prospect of losing her second child to the same condition.

12:23
Essex police. Picture PA.

A 24-year-old man from Romford is on bail in connection with the murder of a father of three.

Original members of the Friends of Upminster Park. Treasurer Keith Webb, chairwoman Janet Davies, secretary Pat Flavell and her husband and volunteer Brian Flavell.

The chairwoman of Friends of Upminster Park has been described as “lovely” and “community spirited” following her death.

Firefighters from Romford, Harold Hill and Bethnal Green attended.

A 62-year-old man was taken to hospital after a collision on the A12 last night.

Trial period taking place outside Broadford Primary School

A mixed reaction to a first-of-its-kind initiative which fines parents £100 for dangerous driving around schools, has been expressed one month after its launch.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now