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Missed the mist?


Did you wake up to cloudy conditions on Sunday 26th June when you were expecting a hotty heatwave?   Fortunately it burnt off for everyone by the afternoon but here are a few shots of the mist coming in, and also an explanation of why it happened in the first place.

David Burr took this shot of the mist creeping in over the countryside on Saturday evening 25th June between Brightling and Burwash in East Sussex.   The cloudy, murky conditions spread to most places overnight but once the sun got up a bit higher in the sky today it soon burned off the next day.

Although it was a cloudy start in Tunbridge Wells, by the time I walked through Calverley Grounds at 11am – it was already 22C and climbed to 28C by 3pm:

But not everyone got the sunshine so quickly – Mark Burton showed us on facebook what the Port of Dover looked like up until the middle of the afternoon.  And believe me it didn’t just look grim…it felt it too…only 14.6C.  This shot was taken by South East Today’s David Furness, whilst he was trying to ‘sunbathe’ at St Mary’s Bay between Folkestone and Dungeness:

So next time we get a muggy heatwave from April – June make sure you know what the wind direction is – a light southerly today brought up moisture/vapour from the Channel.

As sea temperatures are still relatively low, the vapour cools and condenses into fog or mist.   When it hugs our shores it blocks out the sun and a trip to the beach requires a coat and jumper.  A light northerly would’ve done the same to the North Kent coast so wind direction is crucial in this situation.  And by the way, if you’re wondering if it’s mist or fog – it’s all down to visibility.  If you can’t see more than 200m it’s fog, otherwise it’s mist.  (If that sounds incorrect for any pilots out there, that’s because for aviation purposes the fog limit is set at 1000m).


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  1. Neville Furness said:

    Lovely photos!

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