A sky with colors ranging from yellow to red and tending to gray at times, covered the whole of the kingdom in Morocco last weekend, causing questions and general amazement on social networks. Contacted by MoroccoLatestNews FR, Hussein Youabd, from the General Directorate of Meteorology of Morocco, explains this strange phenomenon to us.
This weekend, when the heat was scorching in all the cities of the kingdom, an exceptional phenomenon occurred. A “dust” type sky covered all of the country’s cities, creating colors ranging from yellow to red, including gray.
This phenomenon has reached even the south of Spain according to Hussein Youabd who explained that the origin of this sky was in the Great Sahara, in the south of Morocco, that of Algeria and Mauritania.
“The masses of air, hot and cold, which come from the Great Sahara, crossed almost all of Morocco and the south of Spain (…) which caused an increase in temperatures on average of 5 to 12 degrees compared to average, ”he explained.
Wanting to reassure the head of the meteorology department said that this dusty sky was not serious and only indicated that the Saharan air masses were loaded with dust particles in suspension thus creating an impact on the visibility of the sky.
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And to indicate that this phenomenon caused by the “chergui” type wind (which comes from the south) is a normal phenomenon. This gave a sky drawing yellow or red, and was especially felt on Sunday causing reactions among Internet users who were alarmed, wondering if this portended thunderstorms.
Asked about the weather forecast for the next few days, Hussein Youabd said that following this recorded heat wave, an “exceptional temperature rise where records have been broken in recent days, more than 10 records in the regions”, temperatures should subside.
Morocco is expected to experience a drop in temperatures from Tuesday and Wednesday in the north of the country, he said, and still warm weather will continue in the center and south and southeast.