STUNNING photos show how an African desert dust plume lit up the skies in France with a breathtaking golden glow.
Areas basked in an orange atmosphere after the Dune-like haze swept across the continent from the Sahara.
Citizens in Lyon basked in the stunning orange skies, taking pictures from the balconies of the towering Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière castle.
The sand from the Sahara Desert gave the sky an eerie shade of yellow.
The February skies were lit up by the sand plume, which had drifted thousands of miles from Africa to the continent.
The meteorological phenomenon is linked to a powerful southerly flow that brings spring temperatures.
The plume also brings up a large concentration of Saharan dust suspended in the atmosphere.
With the plume covering much of southern France, Lyon looked more like a sub-Saharan desert metropolis than eastern coastal city.
Buildings in the historic French city were lit up a rusty orange colour with desert-like tones and a hazy sun beaming over the city.
The National Meteorological and Climate Service for France tweeted a satellite picture showing the sand from the Sahara.
It read: “Seen from space: A low pressure system on the Iberian Peninsula organises a powerful southerly flow which brings up sand from the #Sahara as far as France.”
‘Saharan lifts appear in yellowish on satellite image between Balearic Islands and Sardinia.”
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The plume also swept across ski resorts in the Alps and coloured the snow yellow.
Skiers were seen taking to the slopes despite the freak weather incident
An orange hue was also seen in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley as the air was laden with sand dust from the Sahara.