ערפל כבד על תל אביב
Tel Aviv under the fog
Photo: Yossi Navi
Tel Aviv under the fog

Heavy fog grounds all planes at Ben Gurion Airport

The phenomenon, reported in most parts of the country, caused low visibility, halting all takeoffs and landings for an hour and a half before dissipating; despite heavy fog, weather expected to be unseasonably warm

Itay Blumenthal, Danny Rup |
Published: 01.04.21 , 11:47
Heavy fog reported in parts of Israel on Monday morning grounded all planes at Ben Gurion Airport for nearly an hour and a half, causing delays.
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  • Among the flights delayed due to the fog was Arkia's flight to Eilat and an El Al flight to Dubai, while an Ethiopian cargo flight that was set to land at the airport was diverted to the city of Larnaca in Cyprus.
    ערפל כבד על תל אביבערפל כבד על תל אביב
    Tel Aviv under the fog
    (Photo: Yossi Navi)
    "Due to the current weather conditions in the Ben Gurion Airport area, which includes heavy fog and low visibility, the airport is closed for takeoffs and landings," The Airports Authority said in a statement.
    The fog was prevalent all around the country in the early morning hours gradually dissipated around 10:30am.
    טיסות נדחות בנתב"ג בשל הערפל הכבדטיסות נדחות בנתב"ג בשל הערפל הכבד
    Barely visible planes at Ben Gurion Airport amid the fog
    The phenomenon was a result of moisture in the lower layers of the atmosphere penetrated the air throughout Israel’s coastal plain and the northwestern Negev.
    Such a phenomenon usually occurs in the summer and spring months. And while it does happen during winter, it's much more difficult for meteorologists to predict reliably.
    טיסות נדחות בנתב"ג בשל הערפל הכבדטיסות נדחות בנתב"ג בשל הערפל הכבד
    Poor visibility due to the fog
    Once the fog dissipates, the weather is set to be unseasonably warm, with temperatures up to 25 degrees Celsius in some areas.
    While temperatures are expected to drop considerably at night, no rain is expected this week.
    The temperatures are set to be as follows: Jerusalem 11-18, Tel Aviv 12-22, Haifa 15-21, Tiberias 14-24, Beer Sheva 10-25 and Eilat 14-27.


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