The humid sub-tropical air flow, combined with an area of calm high pressure plus the longer nights is the perfect recipe for fog.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says areas of fog will form around the upper North Island and some isolated pockets elsewhere across the country. Visibility will be lower than 100 metres in some places this morning.
WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan says fog is simply cloud at ground level and much like cloudy spells in the sky not all of it can be perfectly forecast. “Areas like Waikato, Auckland and Northland have the highest risks for fog on Saturday but as we saw last Saturday foggy areas can be hit and miss so it’s unclear if Auckland and Hamilton airports will be impacted by fog tomorrow morning”.
Mr Duncan says those flying should check with both the airline and airport websites this morning before travelling. “Fog can also form after sunrise out of no where, so the best thing for us to say is that there is a moderate to high risk of foggy areas around the upper North Island on Saturday”.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says fog may linger in some places until nearer to noon, but the afternoon looks warm and dry nationwide and with warmer than average temperatures forecast that is a sign the fog will all burn off at some point.
FOG MAP for Saturday shows foggy areas around the upper North Island at low levels (in pink). You may notice similar pink shading over the Southern Alps, this is cloud at much higher levels producing fog/limited visibility. Some fog is also possible in Southland.
on 10/05/2019 5:07am
Is the fog you are predicting an inversion layer phenomena? If so, I have doubts it will appear, as a sextant reading of a late afternoon observation of the Moon indicates no abnormal refraction over the Hauraki Gulf. Abnormal refraction generally is associated with an inversion layer.
on 10/05/2019 12:03pm
Hi there, thanks for your message. As of midnight there are large areas of fog and low cloud across Auckland and Waikato – but there are also large areas with a light breeze and clear skies. It’s coming and going. This afternoon there was too much of a breeze for the conditions you mention. Fog won’t be for everyone, as the map indicates. It’s tricky to forecast but over the past hour there have been confirmed reports of fog across Auckland Airport, central Waikato and West Auckland.