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Sydney fog blankets city causing flight delays, diversions

Saturday June 8, 2019 - 12:50 EST
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge disappeared under a blanket of fog this morning - ABC

A thick fog blanketed Sydney this morning, causing flights delays and some diversions.

Light winds in Sydney pushed the fog from the western suburbs — where it was initially thickest — towards the city and eastern suburbs at dawn.

The ample moisture from recent rain, light winds and low temperatures produced a blanket over the city that reduced visibility to just a few hundred metres in many suburbs.

Reports suggest visibility at the airport dropped below 500 metres at times — low enough to cause flight delays and even some diversions.

At Terminal Two there were widespread delays of 90 minutes to 2 hours in both arrivals and departures on Saturday morning, an airport spokesperson said.

At Terminal One delays were less than 30 minutes.

The fog cleared later in the morning, but there were still minor delays into the afternoon.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said it was the "foggiest time of the year".

"We still have relatively warm waters that give us that extra moisture," he said.

"But this was very thick fog and quite widespread, which is reasonably unusual.

"The fog is expected to linger in the most sheltered valleys and around rivers well into the morning because we're not getting the burning off effect of the sunshine because we've got still a fair bit of high cloud about."

The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a surf and swell warning for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming.

Sydney is expected to reach a top of 18 degrees today.


© ABC 2019

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