Warning as Exeter wakes up covered in thick fog
The Exeter-based Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for much of the region today, as thick fog reduces visibility to as low as 50m.
Those travelling this morning are advised to allow for extra journey time due to a large blanket of mist covering Exeter and parts of Devon.
Devon Traffic Alert sent the message that drivers should take their time after the fog appeared earlier this morning.
The Met Office is warning southern parts of England will be most affected and say even if the fog lifts, it is likely to return tonight.
Sunday morning in Devon banks of low cloud with mist and fog, some which will be dense. Allow extra journey time.
— Devon Alert (@DevonAlert) December 18, 2016
A spokesman said: “This evening will be largely dry with some clear spells, although patchy and locally dense fog returning across the south.
“There will be another murky start in the south with patchy fog clearing, but staying dull and damp with outbreaks of rain later.”
The Met Office have warned that thick fog, that has blanketed the region overnight looks set to stay in place well into the afternoon.
The fog is likely to reduce visibility to between 100m and 50m, and the Met Office has warned that the low visibility could lead to driving difficulties for road users, including increased journey times today. The weather warning will stay in place until 1pm.
Temperatures are likely to feel cooler as well, with highs of 8C and and lows of 4C. Cloud will cover the region for much of the day today, however there will also be sunny spells, forecast between 10am and 2pm this afternoon.
In other parts of the UK the fog has been affecting travel plans with flights delayed and cancelled due to poor visibility.
London’s Heathrow, London City and Gatwick were all affected after the south east became covered in a thick blanket of heavy fog.
Pilots were forced to land in shockingly poor conditions, with visibility in some areas down to just 100m.
Passengers found themselves stuck on runways or facing hours of delays at airports, as some inbound flights were diverted or cancelled.
London City, which has flights to Exeter Airport, diverted all inbound flights, while 50 flights at Heathrow were cancelled.
(Photo: Twitter) (Photo: Twitter)
Those heading off for winter breaks were stuck in departure lounges, facing long waits while the foggy weather cleared.
Many reported being left totally in the dark about when the may be able to travel, with limited announcements or updates from airport staff.
One new mum was travelling with her three-month-old baby, and faced running out of baby food as she sat on the floor, stranded.
She said: “It’s an absolute mess. There are people everywhere and with nowhere to sit.
“There’s no information coming through to the passengers at all. Everyone is just watching the information boards until they change.
“I have a three-month old baby with me and because of the delays I’m running out of baby food for him.
“I got here at 11.30am for a 1.30pm flight but our flight is now due to leave at 4.30pm.”
The new mum had been travelling with EasyJet, and explained how there was no plan to house the stranded passengers.
She added: “They have no kind of lounge to house us in so I’m sat on the floor trying to keep the baby happy but I’m shattered and it’s very hard.
“I’ve just received a text from EasyJet telling me my flight is cancelled but the departure boar still says there will be more information in an hour.”
A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said: “There are currently delays to flights at Heathrow because fog across the south east and large parts of Europe.
“The fog and mist is slowly improving.”
London City airport updated their followers on Twitter, writing: “Significant fog is continuing to cause flight delays and cancellations.
“Passengers affected are advised to speak to their airline.”
The Met Office say travelling in fog can be extremely dangerous. Fog can drift rapidly and is often patchy. Warnings of dense fog are issued when visibility is expected to fall below 200 metres. Severe disruption to transport occurs when the visibility falls below 50 metres.
Make sure you know what to do
- Avoid travel if possible.
- Drive very slowly with dipped headlights, full-beam lights reflect off the fog causing a ‘white wall’ effect.
- Keep an eye on your speed, fog can give the illusion of moving in slow motion.
- Use fog lights, but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves.
- Don’t hang on the tail lights of the car in front, rear lights can give a false sense of security.
- Watch out for freezing fog which is made of water droplets that freeze on contact with objects such as the pavement, road, car, etc. It can quickly form a layer of ice. Advice for when conditions are icy.