Fog finally lifts from airport

07:09, Feb 20 2014
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog surrounds the East by West ferry as it arrives at Eastbourne this morning.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Days Bay shrouded in fog about 6.45am today.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog in the streets of Kilbirnie.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog along Wellington Road, Kilbirnie.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog along Jervois Quay, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Heavy fog as viewed from Aitken St, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Looking down towards Miramar and Scots College... apparently.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Looking towards Aotea Quay and the city.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A Kingston street covered in fog.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Not much to see up in Khandallah.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
The Majestic Centre, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Victoria University's Hunter building.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Wellington's Cable Car descends into fog towards Lambton Quay.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Marsden Village, Karori.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Heavy fog in Karori.
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The fog rolling in over Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A tourist shoots a photo of the fog over Wellington from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog begins to clear away from the Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
This photo was taken overlooking Wellington, from the last flight to leave Wellington yesterday, to Nelson.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A Bluebridge ferry comes into a very foggy Wellington Harbour.
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Taken from Oriental Bay.
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Stand-up paddle boarders at Steeple Rock.

Fog has lifted from Wellington Airport alleviating the worst fears of airline passengers who thought they could be left stranded for a second night.

Residents who overlook the airport confirmed the fog, which began drifting in about 4:30pm, had lifted by about 7pm. 

During that period about six incoming and six outgoing flights were cancelled, and a similar number were delayed. 

MetService forecaster David Miller said the fog problem, which had affected flights for the past two days, now appeared to be over. 

"The air is drying up and is not as moist as it was last night. It looks like the chance of fog over Wellington is now diminishing," Miller said. 

Metservice also posted a timelapse video on their Facebook page, which shows the fog rolling out of Wellington this morning,

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The fog was created as warm, humid air cooled and condensed over the colder waters of Cook Strait, creating mists which drifted over the South Coast pushed by gentle southerly winds.

It rolled into Wellington on Wednesday evening, disrupting flights through to Thursday morning, before rising temperatures broke up much of the misty weather by 11.30am.

As the first flights landed in the capital at noon, a backlog of more than 5000 delayed travellers had built up, including about 30 passengers had spent Wednesday night  in the terminal building.

Wellington Airport spokesman Greg Thomas said, compared to Auckland and Christchurch airports, Wellington had fewer fog days.

On average, Wellington had 4.2 a year, compared to Auckland getting 14.5 and Christchurch's 52.3.

''This does not necessarily mean these were days where there were actual cancellations, but from a weather perspective where fog was present.''

Ships leaving the capital were unaffected by the misty weather, a Harbour Master spokesman said. While vessels tended to be more cautious in fog, radar and other navigation systems made it safe to travel in such weather.

The Dominion Post