Watch slideshow of reader pictures of today's weird weather across Sunderland

Our readers are always quick to respond to our requests for their photos.

Dozens of you sent us pictures of Monday's varying weather conditions with the sun appearing at first to be far redder than normal before the skies turned dark yellow and then black.

According to experts at the Met Office, it was all down to Saharan dust dragged north by the downgraded Hurricane turned Storm Ophelia.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to send us photos from across Sunderland, County Durham and, as our last photograph indicates, a little further afield.

Our staff photographers were also out taking their own pictures to enjoy here.

Sunderland railway bridge by Margaret Clark.

Sunderland railway bridge by Margaret Clark.