Thick fog has led to cancellations and delays of regional flights at Auckland Airport this morning.

Air New Zealand said 36 regional flights have been cancelled and 29 had been delayed.

Another six flights to and from Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Queenstown have also been affected. International flights are still running to schedule.

Early morning fog Auckland CBD waterfront. Photo / Michael Craig
Early morning fog Auckland CBD waterfront. Photo / Michael Craig

Heavy fog yesterday saw flights out of Auckland Airport cancelled and delayed and contributed to huge congestion problems on Auckland's motorways after crashes held up commuters heading in and out of the city.

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MetService forecaster Philippa Murdoch said the fog was expected to last until late morning today.

A foggy morning makes for a spectacular start to the day in Auckland. Video / SnapitHD

It would give way to a few fine spells this afternoon, though there would be some showers later in the afternoon and in the evening. Showers will continue throughout the weekend in Auckland.

Early morning fog Auckland CBD waterfront. Photo / Michael Craig
Early morning fog Auckland CBD waterfront. Photo / Michael Craig

A low crossing the North Island would bring rain to eastern parts of the island, from Gisborne to Wairarapa.

There could also be some light showers in Northland later today, which will move down the country as far as Taihape later in the day.

A front is crossing the bottom of the South Island, bringing rain to Fiordland and later Otago and Southland. There will also be some drizzle down the coast from Marlborough to Banks Peninsula.

Today's forecast:
Whangārei
Morning fog then partly cloudy and chance of a shower. Southwesterlies. High 18C, Low 11C
Auckland
Morning fog or low cloud, then fine spells. Isolated evening showers. Southwesterlies. High 17C Low: 12C
Hamilton
Cloud and fog, clearing for a time this afternoon. Southwest breeze developing. High: 16C Low: 8C
Tauranga
Cloudy periods. Light winds. High: 18C Low: 11C
Taupo
Cloud and fog, clearing for a time this afternoon. Southwest breeze developing. High: 15C Low: 9C
New Plymouth
Cloudy periods. Light winds. High: 17C Low: 10C
Whanganui
Mostly cloudy, late rain. Light winds. High: 17C Low: 11C
Wellington
Fine spells, but rain about the eastern hills, clearing afternoon. Southeasterlies. High: 16C Low: 10C
Christchurch
Low cloud and occasional drizzle. Northeasterlies. High: 15C Low: 9C
Dunedin
Cloudy. Rain from late evening as northeasterly turn southwest. High: 14C Low: 9C
(MetService)