From sunny to spooky in two minutes
So on the weekend we went for a drive along the coast to check out a few craft markets. I was trying to identify some to take part in for the new year. We had just checked out one near Bundeena in the Royal National Park and it was a beautiful day. Warm and sunny with just a hint of cloud. It made a nice change from all the rainy overcast days we had recently.
Our next destination was Wollongong and we were driving down the Princes Highway when we happened upon a sign that said “Heavy fog ahead, use hazard lights”. There wasn’t a wisp of mist to be seen about the place. Clear skies and sun all around. We figured someone had forgotten to change the sign from the morning.
A couple of kilometres down the highway, there is another sign saying the same thing and the sun is still shining. Then as we progressed a bit further we started to come across misty conditions and there was heavy fog hanging around the trees and land on the side of the highway. The day was suddenly overcast and the temperature had dropped about 7 degrees.
From perfect weather to fog in two minutes flat and this was at 2.30 in the afternoon. My only experience with fog has been in the early morning. It clears by 8.30 or 9.00am at the latest. I’d say eerie was an understatement. I felt as though I had been transported to the moors of Devonshire and the hound of the Baskerville’s was about to come galloping out of the trees.
But I needn’t have worried. As we neared Wollongong, the weather cleared up and the sun came out again. I have heard that it is quite common to have foggy conditions in that stretch of highway around Bulli. It was just unexpected on a late afternoon in summer.