This unrelated wild red wave of dust could be seen for kilometres and was captured on camera from near Onslow in Western Australia – it was reportedly stirred up by strong winds in the Indian Ocean.

Bush fires and high temperatures have ravaged Australia in the past few weeks, while powerful winds have hit the nation’s south east.

Fears have reduced today over the threat of tropical cyclone Narelle, but Australia’s first cyclone of the storm season – downgraded from a category three cyclone to category four storm – is still expected to to impact coastal regions of WA. 

Australian Bureau of Meteorology manager of climate services Glenn Cook told The Australian said the red dust storm was still hundreds of kilometres away, despite its immense scale.

A lack of rain in the region of Onslow meant the dust didn’t take much convincing to take to the air.

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