BeNeLux, north Germany, parts of Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Baltic states under thick smoke from fires in north Spain and Portugal today

Residents of northern Germany, Benelux, southern Scandinavia and as far as the Baltic states awoke to a hazy sky this morning, with the Sun glowing a subdued reddish orange.

What everyone in the region is seeing is the thick smoke from massive fires in northern Spain and Portugal, which nearly blocked out the Sun in western France and the United Kingdom yesterday. The northeasterly flow pushed the smoke over northern central Europe by this morning.

Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service biomass aerosol optical depth at 550 mm forecast for this morning, indicating the extent of smoke from fires in the Iberian peninsula.

Satellite imagery clearly shows the smoke persisting over northern France, BeNeLux and northern Germany as well as most of the Baltic region.


Additionally, Saharan dust has been advected far north into the region as well, and is adding to the effect. See below the dust load forecast by University of Athens SKIRON and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service models.

University of Athens SKIRON model dust load forecast for today.

Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service dust aerosol optical depth at 550 mm forecast for this morning, showing dust over Europe.

Total irradiance in central Netherlands today is reported to be about 1/3 of normal, with temperatures 3-4 °C lower than expected.

Some reports:

Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Andrei David‎.

Dull red Sun over Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Report: Patrick Luthart..

Dim Sun and smoke over Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Sil Via.

Shadow cast by a contrail on the smoke, northern Netherlands. Photo: Harry Mulder..

Red sun and smoke over Bremen, Germany. Photo: Halina Dib.

Red sun and smoke over Elmshorn, Germany. Photo: Verena Brockmann.

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany. Photo: Stefanie Myr‎.

Stay tuned for further updates!