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London wakes to one of its legendary fogs

Commuters walk through fog as seen from the north side of Westminster Bridge in London, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Many parts of the southeast of England were shrouded in early morning fog (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Commuters walk through fog as seen from the north side of Westminster Bridge in London, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Many parts of the southeast of England were shrouded in early morning fog (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Matt Dunham / AP

"When one of the thick, yellowish compounds known as a "pea-soup" fog falls on London it makes day darker than the darkest night; it arrests all traffic, obliterates all landmarks, and, as Mrs. Browning says, it looks 'as if a sponge had wiped out London.' The city is transformed into ghostland." The New York Times, December 29, 1889.

Fog engulfs London Bridge as commuters make their way towards the financial district across the River Thames during the early morning rush hour in London March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Fog engulfs London Bridge as commuters make their way towards the financial district across the River Thames during the early morning rush hour in London March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)DYLAN MARTINEZ / Reuters

The fog was indeed thick as I crossed the Thames on my way into work in London this morning. In its wake, thank goodness, have come bright blue skies and city's warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to reach into the high sixties. 

The pods on the London Eye tourist attraction cast shadows against a thick morning fog as the spring sun shine begins to burn it off in central London, March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The pods on the London Eye tourist attraction cast shadows against a thick morning fog as the spring sun shine begins to burn it off in central London, March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)ANDREW WINNING / Reuters
Commuters walk through fog as seen from the north side of Westminster Bridge in London, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Many parts of the southeast of England were shrouded in early morning fog (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Commuters walk through fog as seen from the north side of Westminster Bridge in London, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Many parts of the southeast of England were shrouded in early morning fog (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Matt Dunham / AP

 

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