Ideal conditions likely for Round the Bays fun run

19:59, Feb 22 2014
Round the Bays
COOL KIDS: Children enjoy the water spray during last year's Round the Bays fun run.

Participants in tomorrow's Round the Bays fun run along Wellington's coast can expect a warm, but not too muggy, day as the starter's gun fires.

MetService forecaster John Law will join a record-breaking field of 14,000 runners, joggers and walkers in the soldout event, which starts with a 10-kilometre run and a half-marathon at 8am, and a 6.5km fun run at 9.20am.

Based on how his training was going, Mr Law said he would "just like to finish", but said conditions looked good, with an overnight temperature of 15 degrees Celsius climbing to 18C through tomorrow morning, which would be cloudy with sunny spells, and warm without being humid.

The event involves major road closures until about 1pm along the Wellington waterfront, Kilbirnie, Hataitai and Shelly Bay.

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Meanwhile, fog that disrupted flights in and and out of the capital for two days lifted yesterday as winds strengthened.

Wellington Airport was clear of the clouds yesterday morning, allowing flights to run as scheduled, but Karori and some other hilly suburbs remained in fog.

An airport spokeswoman said most flights ran as normal, although the disruptions had created a backlog.

Northerly winds that arrived yesterday afternoon shifted the remainder of the low cloud still hanging around.

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

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

While Wellington was shaking off the thick fog, the east coast of the South Island woke up to it yesterday, affecting some flights in and out of Christchurch.

Parts of Whanganui and Manawatu also dealt with low cloud yesterday morning.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said regional link services across the lower North Island, upper South Island and Canterbury were affected in the morning but conditions had eased and by late afternoon it was affecting only some services into and out of Hokitika and Whanganui.

The Dominion Post