Fog returns, but flights unaffected

JO MOIR
Last updated 09:41 21/02/2014

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Fog that disrupted flights in and and out of the capital for the last two days should lift later today when the wind begins to strengthen.

Wellington Airport has kept clear of the clouds this morning allowing flights to run as scheduled, but Karori and some other hilly suburbs remain in the thick of the fog.

A Wellington Airport spokeswoman said passengers were still being asked to check flight details today as the disruptions had created a backlog but on the whole flights were running as normal.

MetService duty forecaster Liz Walsh said a northerly wind would strengthen throughout today shifting any low cloud still hanging around.

The wind was part of a front approaching the West Coast of the South Island that would move up towards Wellington tomorrow, bringing relief from the muggy and humid evenings.

Today was expected to be fine with winds increasing and a high of 23C, while Wairarapa has another sweltering day in store with a high of 32C.

Tomorrow the front will settle in over the North Island bringing rain, including some heavy showers, and gusty northerlies.

By Sunday the winds will die down and overnight low temperatures will have dropped making "sleeping much more bearable,'' Ms Walsh said.

While Wellington was shaking off the thick fog many other parts of the country have woken up to it this morning.

The East Coast of the South Island was experiencing heavy fog conditions and some Christchurch flights have been affected.

Parts of Whanganui and Manawatu are also dealing with low cloud this morning which is expected to lift later in the day.

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- The Dominion Post

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