Pea soup fog again covers Brisbane and spreads along coast into north Queensland

Pea soup fog again covers Brisbane and spreads along coast into north Queensland

Greater Brisbane has been blanketed in thick fog for the second time this week, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to issue an alert for dangerous road conditions.

But today the pea soup is more widespread, with patches of fog impacting cities along the Queensland coast all the way north to Townsville.

BOM forecaster Matthew Bass said the fog was a “similar event” to what Brisbane experienced on Tuesday, but heavier today in outer suburbs.

“Maybe a little bit more extensive through southern parts of Brisbane, down towards the Logan area,” he said.

Patches of fog can be seen all the way to Townsville.(Supplied: BOM)

“Out west [of Brisbane] it is maybe a little bit more extensive but relatively similar to what we saw a couple of days ago.”

Mr Bass said visibility was down to 100 meters in parts of south-east Queensland, and down to 2,000 meters at the Brisbane Airport at 6am.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane ferry and CityCats were running a “little slower” due to the fog.

The Captain Cook Bridge on the Pacific Motorway lost in fog
The Captain Cook Bridge on the Pacific Motorway lost in the haze.(ABC New: Curtis Rodda)

“Everyone does need to pay attention on the road, take it that little bit slower and a little bit more careful in the reduced visibility,” he said.

“Definitely quite low visibility in the city as well.”

Brisbane CBD lost in fog from the William Jolly Bridge
The hazy view from Brisbane’s William Jolly Bridge at 5am. (ABC News: Matt Eaton)

Mr Bass said the fog was likely to hang around for a few hours until after sunrise.

With visibility so low, police also asked commuters to drive with caution.

Mr Bass warned the fog could also cause disruptions to flights in and out of Brisbane airport.

Victoria Bridge hidden in fog from South Bank
Victoria Bridge hidden in fog from South Bank on Thursday morning.(ABC News: Matt Eaton)

“There’s a reasonable chance that the fog will make it to the airport and cause flight disruptions,” he said.

BOM forecaster Steven Hadley told ABC Radio Brisbane the fog was likely to clear before 9am in most places.

“The main Brisbane airport is just starting to clear up there, but Archerfield Airport is pretty fogged in,” he said.

The city view lost in fog from Highgate Hill in Brisbane
The city view lost in fog from Highgate Hill in Brisbane. (ABC News: Curtis Rodda)

“It is quite a thick fog across some of the western, southern suburbs and inland as well, so expect it to probably lurk a bit longer through that part of the world.”

Mr Hadley said once the fog cleared it would be a nice day in the Brisbane area.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge at Indooroopilly in fog shroud
The pedestrian and cycle bridge at Indooroopilly was shrouded in fog on Thursday morning. (Supplied: Peter Doherty)
The fog-shrouded view across the Brisbane River from South Bank
The view across the Brisbane River from the South Bank on Thursday morning.(ABC NewsBrian Hurst)

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