From Dubai to San Francisco, incredible images show towering cities lost in thick fog

  • Images show cities from around the world shrouded in thick fog, making them almost disappear 
  • In December fog was seen suffocating London as heat rose from the ground and temperatures plummeted
  • One city that looks particularly amazing when fog rolls in is Dubai, a skyscraper-heavy city in the UAE

These cities are usually easily distinguishable from their iconic skylines. 

However, after being shrouded in a thick carpet of fog, they are a little more difficult to make out.

From San Francisco to Shanghai, these incredible images show what happens when freak weather rolls in and swallows skyscrapers whole, leaving the tips meekly poking out from an ocean of mist.

This December, fog descended on the UK capital with the Walkie Talkie and Gherkin among the skyscrapers shrouded in thick mist.

It made for a spectacular, if eerie, sight. 

Here MailOnline Travel rounds up a selection of some of the most extreme foggy cityscapes from around the world.

City in the sky: The skyline of San Francisco blanketed in fog – the otherworldly image was taken by German photographer Ali Erturk in 2014

Head above the clouds: Mr Erturk hiked to a viewing point at 4am to capture the stunning sight of the Golden Gate Bridge immersed in dense swirls of mist

In the spring a photographer captured some incredible aerial images of Shanghai, situated on the east coast of China, being suffocated by the weather 

Blanketed: Only the antenna spire of the Oriental Pearl Tower, which stands at 1,535 feet, was visible through the clouds

Mysterious scene: Photographer John Harrison captured these breathtaking scenes of Chicago in 2013 from his home office in a 98-floor skyscraper, which he calls his ‘room with a view’

Windy City? Fog blankets Chicago’s tallest buildings after rolling into the city from Lake Michigan

London calling: This December, fog descended on the UK capital with the Walkie Talkie and Gherkin among the skyscrapers shrouded in thick mist

A foggy morning in Dubai in December made for a mesmerising sight – for those high enough up

Cape Town, in South Africa, is blanketed by fog at night – a truly spectacular sight

A foggy dawn in Brisbane, with only the very tallest buildings managing to peek out into the sunshine

Bergamo city in Italy is partially enveloped by thick fog in an enchanting scene

A wall of fog rolls through the towering skyscrapers of Qatar’s capital city, Doha

Freak weather: The Dallas skyline gets a makeover as a wave of fog rolls in 


The official definition of fog is a visibility of less than 3,281 feet (1,000 metres). 

This limit is appropriate for aviation purposes, but for the general public and motorists an upper limit of 591 feet (180 metres) is more realistic.

Fog is caused by tiny water droplets suspended in the air. The thickest fogs tend to occur in industrial areas where there are many pollution particles on which water droplets can grow.

Fogs that are composed entirely or mainly of water droplets are generally classified according to the physical process that produces saturation or near-saturation of the air.

The main types of fog are radiation fog, valley fog, advection fog, upslope fog, evaporation fog and freezing fog. 

The title of foggiest place in the world goes to an area of the Atlantic Ocean called ‘Grand Banks’, lying off the coast of Newfoundland.

The area forms the meeting place of the cold Labrador Current from the north and the much warmer Gulf Stream from the south. This mixture of currents regularly causes fog to form on 200 days of the year.


Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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