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It sounds frightening, doesn’t it? All we can picture is some greenish haze engulfing the U.K. and all of Europe, making the citizenry sick with radiation poisoning. The good news is it’s not as horrific as that — there is no tangible poisoning going on — but the bad news is it’s a rare, thick fog, and it’s impeding travel in England and the western shores of mainland Europe.

The mysterious fog saw dozens of flights at Heathrow Airport cancelled on Sunday, while at least 45 have already been “pre-cancelled” today. Outlying U.K. airport Gatwick has also advised travellers to check ahead for any disruption, so it’s not looking good.

BBC forecaster Steve Cleaton calls it “radiation fog“: as land cools overnight, it cools the air close to the surface. Air is then less likely to be able to hold moisture, giving way for fog to form. Little wind and record-hot temperatures across England have also helped the fog appear dense by giving it less chance to clear. And the forecast for November is more of the same, with hot temps expected for at least the next couple of weeks.

Think it can’t be that thick? Think again.

You can see why they cancelled flights.

A no-brainer, really.

There’s a city in here somewhere…we think.

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It’s beautiful in its eeriness, isn’t it?

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We sincerely hope you don’t have travel plans to the U.K., but if you do, check ahead, OK?