Perth from Kings Park this morning. Picture: Jon Major
Smoke ground planes at Perth Airport

UPDATE: 1.20pm Heavy fog and smoke this morning is continuing to cause problems at Perth Airport, with the possibility that flights could be cancelled this afternoon.

Qantas, Virgin Blue and Skywest flights were all grounded earlier in the day.

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An airport spokeswoman said the fog had affected all arriving and departing aeroplanes this morning, with a total of 49 flights delayed.

She said visibility had improved and operations returned to normal.

Most delayed departing flights were cleared by 12pm but some inbound flights were diverted to alternative airports including Adelaide, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.

A Qantas spokesman said at 9.30am 14 flights were grounded waiting to take off, some of which had been delayed by up to three hours.

He said four Qantas flights had taken off after 5.30am and before the airport was closed at 6.15am, but none had departed since.

An airport spokeswoman said the domestic terminal was the worst affected.

Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the most up-to-date information about their flight.

Prescribed burns were responsible for the thick smoke haze over the city.

The Department of Environment and Conservation scheduled prescribed burns for bushland near Wanneroo, Gingin, Dwellingup and Armadale yesterday.

More prescribed burns are planned for today north-east of Mandurah at Paganoni Swamp in Rockingham Lakes Regional Park.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the fog was caused by a trough near the west coast that pushed inland, bringing in low level moisture.

He said lights winds and rainfall had also contributed to the foggy conditions.

The weather has also caused chaos on Perth roads this moring, with several crashes reported across the metropolitan area.

TRAFFIC REPORTS

Rain is expected to continue today, with the risk of a thunderstorm for Perth later this morning.

Picture: John Mokrzycki

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Dan Goddard said the rain extended across the Wheatbelt and Great Southern with falls of 11mm being recorded in Dalwallinu and Goomalling.

Mr Goddard said more showers were expected today and tomorrow.

“They should get more today, in the order of what they got already or maybe a bit more,” he said.

“With the isolated thunderstorm activity that’s involved with you could get isolated falls of quite a bit more than that.

“That will continue into tomorrow but it will move to the east.”

Picture: Geoffrey Thomas

The West Australian

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