Fog lifts at Wgtn airport

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

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. 

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