26 Apr, 2022 @ 08:45
1 min read

Did you see it? Sun Halo: Rare weather phenomenon spotted in Spain’s Malaga

WEATHER: Brief respite before possible new heatwave hits Spain’s Andalucia
WEATHER: Brief respite before possible new heatwave hits Spain’s Andalucia

RESIDENTS in Malaga were treated to a rare phenomenon on Sunday when the sun appeared surrounded by a halo of light.

In recent months, Malaga has been the perfect setting for various rare meteorological phenomena.

In March, the arrival of a Saharian calima left the province covered in a blanket of red dust, then at the beginning of April the Malaga coasts were on alert for a meteotsunami, which turned out to be the worst storm in 40 years on the Costa del Sol, leaving every single beach on the Malaga coastline damaged to some degree.

More recently, the skies over Malaga have cleared up and, although they have brought the odd shower, they have given way to the sun and an optical phenomenon known as a sun halo.

A sun halo is an optical phenomenon that occurs due to sunlight refracting in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere and takes the form of a ring with a radius of approximately 22º around the sun or the moon.

The presence of a sun halo usually indicates the existence of cold air at high altitude and typically occurs in glacial places such as Alaska, Antarctica or Greenland. Also in countries with tropical climates such as Colombia or Ecuador.

The colour of the interior of the halo is usually a faint red, changing to orange and yellow towards the outside, with the outer edge in a whitish-blue, or sometimes violet colour.

Malaga was not the only city where the solar halo was spotted. It was also visible in Granada and Gerona.

READ MORE:

IN PICS: ‘It looks like Armageddon’ – Costa del Sol turns orange yet again as another calima hits Spain

Listed: Beaches in Spain’s Malaga worst hit by most damaging storm in recent years

Cristina Hodgson

Half English, half Spanish animal person. Cristina loves writing about all things fitness, travel and culture, she is also a script writer and novelist. When she's not typing away, you can find her enjoying outdoor sports somewhere off the beaten track in Andalucia. If you have a story get in touch! [email protected]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Walkers Horrified To See Decomposing Bodies Of Sheep In Costa Blanca Ravine In Spain
Previous Story

Walkers horrified to see decomposing bodies of lambs dumped in ravine on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Spain freezes 12 bank accounts, three yachts and 23 properties belonging to Russian oligarchs
Next Story

Spain freezes 12 bank accounts, three yachts and 23 properties belonging to Russian oligarchs

Latest from Lead

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press