UK weather: Flights cancelled as Met Office fog warning extends from Newcastle to Exeter

FLIGHTS have been cancelled and more face delays in England today due to thick fog.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather alert for dense mist which stretched all the way from Newcastle to Exeter.

Thick fog has seen scores of flights disrupted today

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Thick fog has seen scores of flights disrupted todayCredit: Alamy
Commuters endure dense fog on the A3 Kingston Bypass, south-west London

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Commuters endure dense fog on the A3 Kingston Bypass, south-west LondonCredit: LNP
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning

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The Met Office issued a yellow weather warningCredit: MET Office

The warning, which was in force until 10am, urged people to take extra care if venturing out during the “challenging” conditions.

It also advised bus, rail and air journey times could be slower or called off completely.

Forecasters said: “Large areas of fog have developed across much of England overnight with visibility of 50-100 metres in many places leading to some challenging travel conditions.

“Fog will gradually lift through mid to late morning.”

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London City Airport experienced disruption, with 13 flights cancelled before 9.30am.

Hold-ups were expected on other routes throughout the day thanks to the “adverse” weather, a spokesperson added.

Some British Airways departures from Heathrow Terminal 5 are also impacted.

An airline spokesperson said: “Like other airlines, we’ve had to make a small number of changes to our schedule today due to Air Traffic Control restrictions resulting from fog in the London area.

“We’ve apologised to customers whose flights have been affected and our teams are working hard to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.”

Airports elsewhere in the country, including Gatwick and East Midlands, appear to be operating as normal.

Anyone with a ticket to fly on February 14 is urged check with their airline before making their way to the airport.

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A lorry crashed this morning as roads across Britain were cloaked in heavy fog, leading to travel chaos for workers.

The HGV hit a tree between the villages of Headcorn and Langley in Kent, as thick mists led to vastly reduced visibility for drivers. Police were called at 8.34am to reports a lorry left the carriageway on the A274, leading to a closure of the road.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of heavy fog across much of England earlier today – stretching from Exeter in the southwest all the way to Newcastle upon Tyne. 

London City Airport reported delays and cancellations due to poor weather  and advised passengers to check with their airlines. 

Despite the glum start to the day, temperatures are expected to rise quickly – soaring up to 17C (62.6F) in northwest Wales this afternoon.

A HGV collided into a tree in Headcorn, Kent, at around 8.30am this morning and led to the closure of a dual carriageway

A HGV collided into a tree in Headcorn, Kent, at around 8.30am this morning and led to the closure of a dual carriageway

The collision happened as heavy fog brought travel chaos to many parts of England

The collision happened as heavy fog brought travel chaos to many parts of England

The Met Office stated: ‘Large areas of fog have developed across much of England overnight with visibility of 50-100 metres in many places leading to some challenging travel conditions. Fog will gradually lift through mid to late morning.’

National Highways Yorkshire issued a warning that traffic was stopped in both directions between Junctions 41 and 42 of the M1 in West Yorkshire after an accident. 

Several flights were also cancelled at Heathrow Airport this morning – it is unknown as yet whether the misty conditions were the cause. 

The Met Office explained the impact fog could have on flights today, adding: ‘Fog, snow, ice and crosswinds mean that air traffic controllers have to increase the gap between planes that are landing, reducing the

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