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Freak weather brings sand and dust from the Sahara to settle on Kent's cars

31 March 2014
by Emma Grove
Hundreds of motorists woke up today to find a thin coating of red dust on their cars.
Residents around Kent were among people across the south of Britain who were affected by the phenomenon.
It was caused by an uncommon weather pattern, where small specks of sands were picked up from the Sahara Desert and transported north through Europe.
The Sahara desert

The Sahara desert

A number of elements created the right condition for it to happen – a sandstorm in the Sahara region, the wind and a certain type of rain, which brought it down and when it dried left a residue on the cars.
Cars on Sheppey were among those getting dirty... thanks to the Sahara

Cars on Sheppey were among those getting dirty... thanks to the Sahara

As well as the south east, drivers in Devon and Cornwall also received a dusting.
Winds are set to continue coming from the south for the coming week, so there could be more on the way.

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