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Sydney fog causes commuter chaos as ferries cancelled, planes diverted

Thursday July 5, 2018 - 11:24 EST
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The fog from Sydney's suburbs. - ABC licensed

Planes have been diverted and ferries cancelled after Sydney woke up this morning to a thick blanket of fog covering the city.

The fog covered the Sydney Harbour Bridge and almost the whole city skyline from about 5:00am until 8:00am on Thursday morning, with only the tallest buildings poking through.

All ferries were cancelled because of the fog and Sydney Airport was also advising customers to check with their airlines after a number of services were delayed or diverted.

The Transport Management Centre said at 8am this morning some ferry services on Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River were slowly returning to service.

At 8.20am it said all ferries had resumed normal service.

Some flights were diverted to Brisbane and Melbourne this morning as they waited for the fog to clear.

A Qantas spokesperson said the airline was doing "everything we can" to get our customers on their way and to their destinations "as soon as possible".

David Wright from Transport Management Centre said buses would replace ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay.

"What we're advising passengers to do is either delay their travel or seek an alternative mode of transport," he said.

"What usually happens in scenarios like this is once the sun comes up the fog will burn.

"Our captains and all our marine staff at the moment are monitoring and as soon as it is safe for those services to resume they will certainly resume."

Some Sydneysiders were complaining on social media about a fog horn blowing incessantly from 5:00am, in turn becoming an unwanted alarm clock.

There were heavy delays expected on the city's roads despite the fog beginning to lift about 7:45am.

Once the fog is lifted, Thursday is expected to a beautiful Sydney winter's day with a top of 23 degrees Celsius.


© ABC 2018

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