FOR FOG’S SAKE: Holidaymakers confused at start of summer weather

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THERE GOES THE SUN: The taro rolls into Torremolinos.©Photo Matt Ford/EWN Media Group

HOLIDAYMAKERS were left puzzled after parts of the Costa del Sol were this week enveloped by a blanket of thick fog.

Known locally as taro – thought to be a maritime term of Phoenecian origin – it is also dubbed boria in other parts of Spain.

The magical-looking phenomenon is triggered by a cool layer of surface sea water, formed by westerly winds, followed by warm breezes from the south and south-east.

It is common at the onset of summer, when temperatures rise quickly, according to state weather office AEMET.

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