This is the reason behind a weird 'blanket' cloud over Portsmouth

A LARGE cloud formed a blanket-like cover over Portsmouth.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 10:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 5:03 pm

Photographs show stunning images of a cloud that came across the city during yesterday afternoon, which travelled west across Southsea towards the Historic Dockyard and Port Solent.

The cloud is believed to be a stratocumulus, a type of cloud that forms within the lowest two kilometers of the atmosphere.

According to the Met Office, it is created by turbulent winds above the cloud cover and can occur near both warm and cold fronts.

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Security officer Georgi Berkov, 35 from Southsea, was coming out of the Cascades Shopping Centre in Commercial Road when he saw the cloud.

He said: 'I’ve never seen anything like it before.

Ununsual sky over Southsea, taken by Mike English from Portsmouth.

‘It went right across Portsmouth, it was all you could see in the sky – it was really nice to look at.

‘The cloud looked a thin blanket going right across the city.’