MOST people are probably shuffling along looking at the pavement with a serious case of the blues on a Monday morning. 

But if you did have your eyes to the skies, you may have spotted something quite rare. 

Lots of people across the county and along the south east saw this unusual sight yesterday morning.

Striking clouds, known as Fallstreak Holes or hole-punch clouds, were spotted across the skies.

A Fallstreak Hole – also referred to as a skypunch, cloud canal or cloud hole – is a large gap, usually circular or elliptical, that can appear in certain types of clouds. 

They occur when part of the cloud falls out.

The temperature in the cloud is below freezing but the water inside it has not yet frozen. 

Water in clouds in the form of tiny droplets can remained as a ‘supercooled’ liquid at temperatures of  up to –40 degrees. 

The only way water droplets can spontaneously form ice crystals without latching on to particles is if temperatures fall below this. 

Fallstreak holes appear when a patch of the ‘supercooled’ water freezes in to crystals that grow and fall below, leaving behind a hole. 

This spreads outwards, like a domino effect, as neighbouring droplets start freezing too.

Although a rare sight, fallstreak holes can be even more breathtaking – in 2014, residents in a part of Australia photographed one with a rainbow inside it. 

Experts said this was caused by a ‘refraction of sunlight by the ice crystals.’

But while temperatures may be incredibly low in the skies, here on Earth we needn’t worry – it looks set to be a pleasant week. 

Temperatures will be around 14 degrees today and tomorrow with sunshine. 

The outlook for the rest of the week is overcast, with rain on Saturday – 
although temperatures will be 15 degrees. Positively tropical!