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Felix Bast who works at the Central University of Punjab. Clouds over ocean dispersal is analogous to the intercontinental flights that we take; spores of this alga from Europe get transported to India via clouds that drift across the Arabian Sea. But if the spores travelled across the Arabian Sea all the way to Kerala and Sri Lanka, why did the phenomenon not occur in intermediate regions like Gujarat, MP?

Answering this query, Dr. How exactly these lower stratospheric clouds got into Kerala remains unknown but aerial route from Austria to Kerala won't pass through other states like Gujarat, MP etc. It might be related to monsoon as well, as Kerala is the first state which the SW monsoon strikes together with Sri Lanka.

On how the spores get into the clouds, Dr. We are planning to work with atmospheric scientists to sample intercontinental clouds to see what kind of organisms they transport. Metagenetic analysis of air from clouds using High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters will be the ultimate proof, for which I'll soon be applying for research grant from Ministry of Earth Sciences.

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The blood rain phenomenon was reported from Kerala, Sri Lanka. Submit Please enter a valid email address. She added: 'Some of this may fall tomorrow, and often when it does people will see it on their cars. There is potential for dust on cars from Thursday's showers in Scotland. And all this dust is making life hard for those with breathing difficulties. People with asthma or lung and heart problems, as well as the elderly, were advised to reduce exercise today in severe pollution areas to reduce health risks, DEFRA guidance said.

The 'blood rain' will come just days after wildfires broke out across the country yesterday after the record-breaking 70F hottest winter day ever created arid conditions and left fields parched- with the winter heatwave expected to continue today. Two separate blazes ripped through a forest best known as the inspiration for A. Milne's children's classic Winnie the Pooh. The fires started within an hour of each other in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex with dramatic pictures show smoke billowing from the forest which inspired the Hundred Acre Wood in the book.

A pollinating bee seen covered in pollen enjoying the surprisingly hot temperatures in February. An expert has linked the increasingly frequency of warm winters to climate change. Dramatic pictures showing the fire in Ashdown Forest, Sussex. You maybe mistaken for thinking these images are of a bush fire in Australian, but they are actually of the English country side yesterday afternoon as temperatures soared in flaming February.

Fire fighters have been tackling the flames. Two separate blazes started within an hour of each other in Ashdown Forest in east Sussex yesterday on the hottest February day on record. Wildfires have torn through a forest best known as the setting of A. Firefighters said more than 35 hectares of woodland had been affected, with both fires spreading. The warmth has seen some species of trees come into bud more than a month early - but this has caused premature problems for hay fever sufferers, with tree pollen not normally released until mid-March. Allergy UK is advising people with hayfever to start taking their medication early.

Extraordinary pictures from the scene show how a massive wall of flames turned the night sky orange with initial reports saying the blaze was about the size of one-and-a-half football pitches as five fire engines attended the scene. A teenage boy is in a critical condition after he went swimming during the heatwave. The year-old remains in hospital after he got into difficulty in the River Eden in Appleby, Cumbria.

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He was pulled from the water and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, before being transferred to Freeman Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition. Meanwhile, in Cornwall, police and fire services suspect arsonists are to blame for a number of fires on The Lizard, a stretch of peninsula in the county in recent weeks.

Elsewhere on Tuesday the Moroccan air plume left beaches and parks surprisingly busy for February as sunseekers took full advantage of the winter respite and was so warm even pollinating bees were taking advantage of the heat wave. Yesterday's hotspot was Kew Gardens in West London which hit This broke a winter record of The day started with some light frost and fog before the temperatures rose to highs above 20C 68F this afternoon. Another hotspot today was Porthmadog in North Wales which reached Gorse fires happened in North Wales yesterday due to the dry weather and a lack of any significant rain in recent days.

The first British-grown strawberries of the year will hit supermarkets this weekend after the recent unseasonably warm temperatures helped speed up the ripening process. The berry season officially starts on May 1 and lasts until the end of September but even early glasshouse-grown varieties like those about to reach consumers have been helped by the mild winter and recent high light levels.

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It comes as Britain basked in its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit That followed a record of The first British-grown strawberries of the year will hit supermarkets this weekend after the recent unseasonably warm temperatures helped speed up the ripening process stock photo. Waitrose said it will be stocking the Lusa variety grown in glasshouses by Lancashire-based Medlar Fruit Farms from Saturday. According to British Summer Fruits, the strawberry season was only six weeks long 25 years ago, but industry investment has extended this period to up to nine months.

Early batches of strawberries are normally grown in the warmer climates of Kent, Sussex and Wales. But computerised glasshouse technology is allowing producers in Lancashire and Scotland to be among the first to deliver fruit to retailers.

Plenty of people enjoyed the hot weather with a picnic while sitting in Green Park in central London on Tuesday. While the day started with some light frost, the fog soon gave way to bright sunshine in London on the South Bank yesterday. Surfers create shadows in strong sunshine as they prepare to enter the sea at Woolacombe in North Devon yesterday.

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Park goers enjoy the warm winter weather at St James's Park in London yesterday on the hottest winter day on record. A woman rests on the grass as crowds enjoy the unseasonably warm and sunny weather in Regents Park, London, on Tuesday. People go out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge yesterday on another day of unseasonably hot temperatures.

A woman takes a photograph of a daffodil in Green Park as the sun shines in central London yesterday as Britain sizzles. People relax on the grass as the sun shines, in Green Park in central London as Britain experienced record temperatures for a winter month for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

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  • A man relaxes on the grass as the sun shines, in Green Park in central London. Elsewhere in the country there have been reports of wildfires. The warmth follows last February's Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country.

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    The unseasonably warm weather is expected to continue for another day for most of Britain before parts of the country face possible thunderstorms later in the week, forecasters said. Today will be sunny with possible highs of 20C 68F but is unlikely to continue a trend of record-breaking February temperatures set earlier in the week. Britain has experienced an extraordinary few days of record-breaking temperatures for February. The exceptionally warm weather is thanks to a block weather pattern which is dragging up warm air from the Canary Islands, Morocco and southern Spain.

    The pattern is a large area of high pressure that moves in a clockwise direction bringing warm winds from the Canaries, meaning more sunlight. The dry ground needs less energy to heat up and so it is becoming hotter more easily — which makes it very warm when combined with the southern air flow. Conditions in Wales — which has recorded temperatures above 20C 68F two days in a row - are being supercharged by the 'Foehn Effect' phenomenon. This is where moist air dries out as it hits hills or mountains, allowing temperatures to rise further as the air comes down the other side.

    Meanwhile, conversely, temperatures in the usually warm Mediterranean have plunged.

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    In Thessaloniki in Greece, it hovered at around 3C and has even had snow, as have parts of Northwest Turkey that also saw wintery flurries. The culprits are areas of low pressure over the Atlantic and Eastern Europe, trapping warm air over the northwest of the continent. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said some parts of southern and western England could be facing thunder on Thursday. Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: 'Today's record for the UK's winter temperature is consistent with the clear climate change signal that we are seeing in the UK.

    He said the climate was transforming towards warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers - such as last year's heatwave summer - with impacts on people and wildlife. Tomorrow will be slightly cooler but still above average for the time of year. Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 12C 54F. Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend. Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: 'The weekend doesn't look great, it's looking wet and windy across the country.

    There's lots of uncertainty over the details because it's still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme.

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    Temperatures recorded in Britain this week are hotter than the Algarve, where it was 18C Malaga and Rome only managed a paltry 15C 59F. Tuesday started with some light frost and fog before the temperatures rose to highs of about 20C 68F in the afternoon. Today will be slightly cooler but still above average for the time of year, before heavy showers are possible on Thursday. Edinburgh is pictured in the sunshine yesterday left and in heavy snow during the Beast from the East last year right.