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Get ready for stunning sunsets — thanks to the Saharan dust

The Saharan Air Layer is headed toward Florida next week.
A fishing boat zips past a trio of sailboats as a recent sunset as it settles over the Dunedin Channel on the intracoastal waterway off Dunedin.
A fishing boat zips past a trio of sailboats as a recent sunset as it settles over the Dunedin Channel on the intracoastal waterway off Dunedin. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Jun. 13
Updated Jun. 14

A dust cloud from the Sahara headed toward Florida will cause vivid sunsets next week, with the red and orange sand layering alongside the sky’s colors.

The dust cloud is currently over the Atlantic Ocean, according to Fox35 in Orlando. Meteorologists with the station predict the dust will be thickest around Florida on Wednesday and will hang in the air until Saturday.

Last year, a massive Saharan dust cloud helped tamp down hurricane activity in the tropics. The Saharan Air Layer brings with it little rain, sucks up moisture and then provides especially vibrant sunsets, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The 2020 air layer was the dustiest one on record, a Weather Channel meteorologist said.