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Heavy fogs prevent flights in UK



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Scores of flights have been cancelled and many more delayed by dense fog across much of the UK.

Heathrow airport said it had cancelled 122 flights on Monday.

London City was closed to all flights for several hours, while other affected airports include Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds Bradford and Cardiff.

The Met Office has issued new yellow warnings of fog for parts of England and Wales from Monday afternoon through to 12:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The problems in the UK are being compounded by foggy conditions in much of western Europe, with major hubs such as Amsterdam’s Schiphol badly affected.

Visibility fell to just 100m at Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Luton airports on Monday morning, and 150m at Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield, according to the Met Office.

Easyjet said it was suffering “major network disruption”, with a large number of aircraft and crew out of place and numerous delays, diversions and cancellations.

The Met Office is warning the fog is likely to build up again after dark, becoming especially thick in parts of east and north-east England.

Passengers who were expecting to travel on Monday or Tuesday are advised to check their flight status with the airline.

Among the reported problems:

London City began to allow some departures from about 11:30 GMT, but disruption was expected to continue throughout the afternoon

Manchester and Southampton have both cancelled more than 20 flights, and there have also been cancellations at Gatwick, George Best Belfast City and Cardiff

Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Paris Charles De Gaulle are among the Europeans airports affected.

Monday’s problems follow disruption on Sunday at some airports, including Heathrow, where about 50 flights were cancelled.

On the roads, a 40mph speed restriction on the Forth Road Bridge led to long tailbacks, while Bedfordshire Police said they had dealt with 10 accidents between 06:00 and 10:00 GMT in the thick fog – three on the M1

Ferries across the Mersey were also suspended for several hours.

Danny Hesford, from Manchester, told the BBC he and 18 friends had been left stranded in Amsterdam.

“We’ve just heard there are no flights from Schiphol Airport today as the problem has got too big,” he said.

“There are rumours of not being able to get another flight back until Wednesday at the earliest.”

Louise Baker, from Bridgend, has been stuck in Paris with her family since Sunday night.

She told the BBC: “I have not got enough medication to last me and have no idea what I’m going to do.”

On the roads, drivers are being advised to slow down, keep their distance from the vehicle in front and use the correct lights.

On Sunday, a five-year-old girl was found injured in a crashed car alongside her dead father in Crakemarsh, near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said the car appeared to have hit a tree in very foggy conditions, although Staffordshire Police said there was no indication at this stage that fog had played a part in the accident.

Elsewhere, a man died when his car came off the road in thick fog in Barnetby Top, Lincolnshire, on Sunday morning. Humberside Police said the poor visibility had hampered their investigations at the scene.

The Met Office earlier issued a yellow weather warning for England and Wales until 12:00 GMT on Monday

The fog descended as the UK recorded its hottest November day on Sunday with a temperature of 22.4C (72.3F) being reached in mid Wales.

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