VIDEO: Temperature of water cause of long fog visit on coast

WHEN Tracey Gale decided to drive to the beach for lunch she was hoping the thick fog which had been hanging around would make way for clear skies.

But while it hung around until about 9.30am in Rockhampton, reducing visibility to 100m in some places, in Yeppoon it stuck around until late into the afternoon.

Tracey said the fog actually looked thicker in Yeppoon at 2.30pm than it did at 11.30am, when they arrived.

"I've never seen anything like this, never," she said.

"We expected it would lift at some stage.

"We were at Rosslyn Bay boat harbour watching a number of boats coming in… it was still quite thick at the mouth of the harbour."

Officer-in-charge of the Rockhampton Weather Office, Paul Wilson, said in inland areas like Rockhampton the sun usually provides enough heat for the fog to "burn off".

In coastal areas like Yeppoon this takes longer to happen because of the temperature of the water.

As of 3.20pm, fog was still detected from Yeppoon to Rundle Island.

"It's something that does happen, it's not too unusual," Paul said.

"That kind of thing can happen over the water; fog tends to behave differently over water than it does over land."

There is no more fog forecast until at least Sunday in Rockhampton.

In Yeppoon they were expecting patchy fog in the north early this morning, but nothing significant after that for the rest of the week.


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