This is why the sky was so red over Sheffield this morning

Monday mornings are notorious for being the most difficult part of the week.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 10:02 am
Updated Monday, 7th October 2019, 16:33 pm

It’s the start of a new week at work, with the weekend already a distant memory and the next one almost lightyears away.

But those who were up early enough this morning were treated to a gorgeous Sheffield sunrise.

Shazz Stratford captured some beautiful shots looking over Sheffield, Andy on Twitter took some incredible photos from Crookes while Alice Eastwood uploaded her Sharrow sunrise to Instagram.

Sky over Crookes - Credit: Andy W Twitter

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Many people took to social media to upload pictures of the beautiful ‘fire sky’ but why was it so psychedelic?

The Met Office has explained the gorgeous appearance but, be warned, it could mean thunderstorms are coming.

A red sky appears when dust and small particles are trapped in the atmosphere by high pressure.

This scatters blue light leaving only red light to give the sky its notable appearance.

Sky over Sheffield - Credit: Shazz Stratford

The Met Office said: “The concept of "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning" first appears in the Bible in the book of Matthew.

“It is an old weather saying often used at sunrise and sunset to signify the changing sky and was originally known to help the shepherds prepare for the next day's weather.

“A red sky at sunset means high pressure is moving in from the west, so therefore the next day will usually be dry and pleasant.

“’Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning’ means a red sky appears due to the high-pressure weather system having already moved east meaning the good weather has passed, most likely making way for a wet and windy low-pressure system.”

Sky over Sharrow - Credit: Alice Eastwood

And this looks to be the case for Sheffield, with heavy rain predicted for 1pm before a dry evening and a sunnier Tuesday.