Snowy Pyrenees mountains blanketed in Sahara sand amid wild weather phenomenon

The Pyrenees has received a thick coating of Saharan sand in another wild weather anomaly after the Saharan sand continues to spread across the globe.

A Saharan dust cloud has been pushing its way across Europe and has now covered the French Pyrenees in sand, with skiers and snowboarders taking advantage of the bizarre weather change.

At the Piau-Engaly ski resort in southern France, a thin layer of sand caused the snow to turn a light orange colour.

Saharan dust, which has been blown further afield by strong winds, is a mixture of sand and dust from the Saharan desert, and now its coated the ski resort's usually white plains.

A sharp colour change for the ski resort has created a unique experience for those attending the Piau-Engaly based resort, with images showing the change of colour to the snow.

Sam Esteve, a double European champion and the In Pow We Trust snowboarding crew took some snaps and videos of themselves careening down the sand-dusted mountain.

The phenomenon has since reached the UK, with the huge "dust storm" turning the sky a sandy orange colour after The Met Office warned we could see similar strange weather.

Their website explained: "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."

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For the snow-coated sand to happen, the dust needs to fall to the ground and for that to happen it needs to be washed out of the sky by rain, LADBible reported.

Raindrops collect the particles of dust as they fall to the ground, and when the rain eventually evaporates, a layer of dust is left behind.

While there are no air quality warnings from the Met Office, experts have said the "blood rain" could hit the South East of England, with Dr Claire Ryder speaking to The Mirror and mentioning areas like Dorset and Suffolk, as well as Kent, to be "the worst affected".

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