Sand from the Sahara, carried at great height by south-westerly winds, is set to tint the skies of most of France a delicate orange in the days to come, forecasters tell us.

The sand was expected to first appear over the south-west of the country on Sunday, September 3, moving slowly and in a clockwise vortex to cover most of the country – and Monaco – in the early days of the week.

The milky orange skies will be accompanied by high temperatures, and may at times block out the sun. People with breathing difficulties may need to take precautions.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: A number of French forecasting organisations