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Your pictures: Ophelia turns Scottish skies a strange shade

Saharan dust making the sun a beautiful red in Dumfries Image copyright aurora
Image caption Saharan dust making the sun a beautiful red in Dumfries

Skies in parts of Scotland have taken on an ominous shade as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia start to sweep through.

The phenomenon has been attributed to tropical air dragging in dust from the Sahara, along with debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

BBC Scotland's Weather Watchers have been sending in shots from the south and west of the country.

The Solway sky was turned yellow, giving an air of sunset at midday in Rockliffe Image copyright Mike Bolam
Image caption The Solway sky was turned yellow, giving an air of sunset at midday in Rockliffe
Glyn Booton says the 'red sun' was there for one minute and then gone around lunchtime near Biggar Image copyright Glyn Booton
Image caption Glyn Booton says the 'red sun' was there for one minute and then gone around lunchtime near Biggar
This shot was taken just after lunchtime at Taynuilt Image copyright birdman of dalfern
Image caption This shot was taken just after lunchtime at Taynuilt
On the east coast the sky in Edinburgh took on a very weird hue Image copyright johnc
Image caption On the east coast the sky in Edinburgh took on a very weird hue
Mickledore reported that the sky at Carronbridge had gone a very strange colour Image copyright mickledore
Image caption Mickledore reported that the sky at Carronbridge had gone a very strange colour
Effects have also been noted as far north as Stornoway Image copyright adb51
Image caption Effects have also been noted as far north as Stornoway
This was Jen's view of the red sun and eerie skies at Clachan Image copyright jens view
Image caption This was Jen's view of the red sun and eerie skies at Clachan
This was the scene over St Mary's church in Lanark Image copyright yowe6
Image caption This was the scene over St Mary's church in Lanark
Taynuilt again looking like a bit like something from another planet Image copyright birdman of dalfern
Image caption Taynuilt again looking like a bit like something from another planet
The orange sun at Dalmally bursting through a very overcast sky Image copyright jeans view
Image caption The orange sun at Dalmally bursting through a very overcast sky
Girvan was the spot for this view of the Ophelia 'red sun' Image copyright Toneloc
Image caption Girvan was the spot for this view of the Ophelia 'red sun'
It got so dark in Nethy Bridge the street lights came on Image copyright Hydnellum
Image caption It got so dark in Nethy Bridge the street lights came on
The sun looked more like the moon in the sky over Tranent Image copyright sean_1122
Image caption The sun looked more like the moon in the sky over Tranent

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