THESE stunning pictures show strange shaped, bright red clouds in the sky after wind and rain hit the UK.
The so-called mammatus clouds were snapped hovering over the town of Worthing, in West Sussex in the early evening on Thursday.
Mammatus clouds over WorthingCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
The clouds were accompanied by red skyCredit: eddie mitchell
Britain has been smashed by severe gales today as strong winds brought travel chaos and power cuts across the country.
The Met Office issued a weather warning as strong gusts accompanied by heavy and blustery showers hit England and Wales.
Mammatus clouds are commonly found in the vicinity of thunderstorms
The clouds appear to have pouches hanging down and it’s from this shape that they get their name, through the Latin word “mamma”, meaning udder or breast
The clouds appeared after wind and rainCredit: eddie mitchell
The evening sunset lighting up mammatus cloudsCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
The clouds get their name from the Latin word ‘mamma’ meaning udder or breastCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
“Mammatus clouds are some of the most unusual and distinctive clouds formations with a series of bulges or pouches emerging from the base of a cloud,” says the Met Office.
“The shape of mammatus formations can vary widely; from the classic protruding shape, to a more elongated tube hanging from the cloud above.”
Typically, turbulence within the cumulonimbus – or thunder – cloud will cause mammatus to form.
The clouds are formed the same way ordinary puffy ones, but in reverse.
Sinking cold air forms pouch-like figures as they’re carried into a warmer layer of air.
This reverses the usual cloud-forming process of upward growth, making for an uneven cloud base.
This forms clouds that are eye-catching and picturesque, especially at sunset.
The clouds are picturesque at sunsetCredit: eddie mitchell