Motorists face threat to cars as weather maps show 'Saharan Plume’ approaching

Saharan dust can easily scratch and damage car paint and windows if not properly removed
Saharan dust can easily scratch and damage car paint and windows if not properly removed -Credit:Getty

With temperatures set to climb in the coming days, UK motorists could see their cars at risk of damage as weather maps indicate a sizzling 'Saharan Plume' is approaching the country. The recent spate of wet and windy weather, that has seen mixed temperatures and frequent rain showers in recent days, is set to give way to a patch of warm weather and sunshine next week.

Weather experts suggest temperatures will begin rising again from Sunday, 19 May, lasting till Tuesday, 21 May, bringing balmy weather just in time for the half term. The predicted temperate conditions offer hope for those longing for a taste of summer after the hit-and-miss weather experienced so far this week.

Forecasts indicate the best weather will likely be concentrated in regions such as the Midlands, the North East of England, and Yorkshire, where temperatures could reach up to 23C. Nonetheless, the South of the country won't miss out on the heatwave with London, the south-east and the south coast potentially experiencing temperatures rocketing up to a blistering 24C on May 26, reports Bristol Live.

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Netweather has predicted that most of England can anticipate highs between 22C and 24C. Meanwhile, Wales is expected to experience slightly cooler temperatures, though still above 20C in several areas, with a similar forecast for Northern Ireland, according to the Manchester Evening News.

However, the Met Office has labelled the weather outlook for the week starting May 19 until May 28 as "changeable", with temperatures likely to be "generally around or just above average."

The current weather forecast suggests: "Temperatures will be generally around or just a little above average. With winds tending to be light, it will feel warm in sunnier areas. As we head further into the following week, confidence lowers into the following week. On balance, a continuation of the showers in the south seems most likely, with the north continuing to see the best of any drier weather. Temperatures will probably remain a little above average."

his latest hint of warmer weather comes amid growing speculation of another Saharan plume set to impact the country in the coming days. While many may welcome the return of warmer temperatures, Saharan weather also brings certain risks - for both people and vehicles.

Weather maps turn red as Saharan plume heads for Britain
Weather maps turn red as Saharan plume heads for Britain

The Saharan plume, a natural phenomenon known for its dust-carrying capabilities, recently caused quite a stir when it hit mainland Europe last month. While the hazy skies and vibrant sunsets it brought were a sight to behold, the rise in air pollution levels was a cause for concern.

In fact, several regions - including Spain, a favourite among holidaymakers - saw safety thresholds set by the European Union being breached.

In the southern and eastern parts of Spain, locals found themselves breathing in air that had PM10 particle contamination levels four times higher than what's considered safe. This could pose serious health risks, especially for those with lung conditions like asthma.

But it's not just people who are at risk. The Saharan dust can also damage vehicles.

The thin layer of dust that often settles on cars can scratch paintwork and windows if not properly cleaned off. To avoid this, drivers are advised not to wipe or rub the dust off.

Instead, they should rinse their car thoroughly, ideally using a pre-wash, then soak it in snow foam before rinsing again.