Risk of airport chaos as flights face cancellations over fog

BBC Weather: Fog risk as temperatures plummet

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A 19 hour weather warning for fog has been issued by the Met Office with visibility being so poor it could prevent planes from taking off at major airports. It comes into place from 4pm today until 11am tomorrow – making the evening and morning commute extremely difficult for those driving, and may even delay train services. The Met Office says: “Areas of fog are likely to reform and expand Thursday evening with large areas of poor visibility and some places seeing less than 100m visibility at times. The fog is likely to persist for many overnight but then clear from the east during Friday morning.”

The warning covers Bracknell Forest, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Reading, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex and Wokingham in the south east. West Sussex is home to Gatwick airport in Crawley, while Heathrow – the country’s busiest airport – sits between Berkshire and central London. 

It is feared these busy airports may be affected by foggy conditions, which could in turn cause delays and cancellations. The Met Office adds: “Slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible and there is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights.”

In the south west it covers Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The main airport in this region is in Bristol. 

Places under the warning in Cardiff include Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfae and Vale of Glamorgan. Cardiff Airport could also be facing an evening and morning of rejigged flight schedules.

In the West Midlands it covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire, West Midlands Conurbation and Worcestershire. 

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