Weather forecasters are predicting that a rare ‘blood rain’ phenomenon could turn skies across the UK red this week.
As heavy thunderstorms mix with a dust cloud from the Sahara, the Met Office has warned that parts of the country could have red or orange rain over the coming days, and it’s thought that lightning, strong winds, and hail could also move in.
A yellow warning for thunderstorms has also been issued in South East England, although Greater Manchester and much of the North West looks to have escaped these warnings for now.
But, what actually is ‘blood rain’ then? And why is it here in the UK?
Well, the unusual weather phenomenon occurs when relatively high concentrations of red coloured dust or particles get mixed with rain, which give it a red appearance as it falls, and, according to the Met Office, the dust cloud in question this time round is likely to come from the Sahara, and it has already been spotted in other European countries over the last few days.
“Each year on several occasions the UK will see rain falling with some amount of dust mixed into it [and] this usually comes from the Sahara before mixing in clouds and falling out,” the Met Office explained.
Giving more of an insight into the ‘blood rain’ phenomenon, Richard Miles, of the Met Office, said: “There are some dust concentrations in the atmosphere above the UK at present which might well be washed out in the rain.
“But it’s likely to be relatively small amounts on the whole.”
He added that, away from this, it will be “mostly fine and dry today and tomorrow”.
The forecasted thunderstorms elsewhere in the country may cause spray and sudden flooding, according to the Met Office, which could lead to difficult driving conditions, some road closures, delays or cancellations to train and bus services, flooding to homes and businesses, and even power cuts and damage due to lightning strikes.
Thunderstorms come after the warmest day of the year was officially recorded at Heathrow yesterday, when temperatures peaked at 27.5°C.
For Greater Manchester though, and our apparent lucky escape from ‘blood rain’ and thunderstorms, we have a dry start to the day today, and it’ll be cloudy in places but brightening up throughout the morning to leave an afternoon with long lived sunny spells, with a maximum temperature of 20°C.
Cloud cover will continue to increase throughout Friday morning though, with some showers that may turn heavy in the afternoon.
Drier but breezier days are expected over the weekend.
Paddy McGuinness teases potential return of Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere
Right, we don’t mean to alarm you all, but Max and Paddy might finally be coming back after nearly 20 years.In other entirely unrelated news, there is a god.
We only ever got one solitary season of Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, but it only took six episodes for it to leave us with lasting memories of rolling on the floor laughing and quoting lines all these years later.
The Phoenix Nights spin-off went on to be not just a cult favourite but an iconic British sitcom that rivalled the show that spawned it, cementing both Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness as even greater household names than they already were.
Cut to nearly two nearly full decades later and Paddy himself has teased that the hit Northern comedy might not be done after all. Battle stations, people — we’re on the campaign trail now.
Speaking to Capital Breakfast this week, McGuinness came on to the subject of Max and Paddy return, saying that “the interesting thing about Max and Paddy, and Phoenix Nights is now, we are kind of all of an age of the people we played back then.”
He admitted that while they “do talk about it and what have you” and would love to see the full cast return someday, he just “can’t see it at the minute”.
However, he did go on to insist “never say never” and, more promisingly, that the comedy duo’s comeback, specifically, could very well be on the cards.
“Like Max and Paddy, for instance, we wrote a couple of Christmas specials, and we’ve still got them”, says McGuinness. “We never got around to doing one for whatever reason back in the day. But we’ve actually got them.”
The 49-year-old went on to clarify that more than one script has already been written for some time, but they’ve just been kept on the backburner given that he is admittedly “inherently lazy” and likes “doing as little as possible”, it just never came to fruition.
“If you’re doing a scripted comedy show, it does take a long time. So to do something like [this], you have literally got to blank out 12 months of your life.
“He [Kay] is on tour. I’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, and it’s just sort of going ‘right, let’s get together. Let’s get our diaries together. And let’s blank out for that time'”. We don’t know a single person that wouldn’t want to see a Max and Paddy return in some form.
While hosts Roman Kemp and Siân Welby urged people to get flooding them with texts and posting all over social media, the former Take Me Out presenter joked it “won’t make a blind bit of difference.” Come on, Paddy, don’t let us down now.