Dubai: Another day of thick fog, another day of flight delays. Poor visibility due to dense fog caused flight disruptions for the fourth straight day in Dubai.
As of 12.30pm, some 148 flights were delayed, including arrivals and departures, and 11 were cancelled, according to flightradar24.com.
The day before, some 218 flights were delayed. The delay time is shorter now which is 15 minutes on average, compared to 78 minutes on Sunday.
Over in Abu Dhabi, 14 flights were delayed but the average delay time is only five minutes. Passengers are advised to check their flight status and updates through their airport’s flight bulletin.
Satellite image of the fog from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) at 7.45am showed the northern emirates, from Sharjah to Dubai and going inland covered in fog.
Some patches of the country were also shrouded white such as Fujairah and the islands in Abu Dhabi.
NCM on its official Twitter page also shared a time-lapse video by Khalid Al Hammadi that showed fog covering the Al Reem island’s skyline where only the top half of its buildings are visible.
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The national weather bureau said the fog usually dissipates by 11am. The fog warning is still up though relative humidity is expected to increase by as Tuesday night and Wednesday morning giving rise to fog or mist formation.
— المركز الوطني للأرصاد (@NCMS_media) December 26, 2017
Winds will be light to moderate on Tuesday with northwesterly to northeasterly winds blowing at 15km/h to 25km/h, reaching 30km/h at times. On Wednesday until Friday, evenings will be humid, still with chances of fog, especially over internal and western areas. The amount of clouds will increase over the sea on Thursday and Friday.