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Wellington flights resume after fog forced cancellations

Published: 12:43PM Tuesday December 18, 2012 Source: ONE News/ Fairfax

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Flights resumed at Wellington Airport this afternoon after fog forced the cancellation of numerous flights.

At least 32 flights in and out of Wellington were cancelled due to low-lying cloud today.

All but two of the flights were Air New Zealand services. The other two were Jetstar.

The arriving flights affected were from Christchurch, Dunedin, Blenheim, Taupo, Westport, Nelson, Napier, Hamilton and Gisborne.

Flights departing Wellington to these same centres were also cancelled.

MetService forecaster Ian Gall said dense cloud that blanketed Wellington's hill suburbs this morning was expected to stick around for much of today.

MetService is warning that the low-lying cloud may return tomorrow.

With temperatures getting down to only 17C last night and expected up to 21C today, the warm weather was combining with moist air to create the cloud and fog.

There was no significant wind on the way to ''flush'' it away, meaning the fog and cloud was expected to stick around until tomorrow morning.

However, there may be a break in the clouds for a short time this afternoon.

The warm air was coming from north of New Zealand.