Heysham to experience highest tide in decades

The tide at Heysham will rise to its highest level in almost half a century this week.

Tuesday, 29th September 2015, 7:09 pm
Photo: David Hurst - Heysham will have its highest tide in years on Wednesday morning.

National Oceanographic Centre data has revealed Heysham can expect a high tide of 10.81m at four minutes past midnight on Wednesday morning.

Professor Kevin Horsburgh from the centre told The Visitor in May: “Tides are governed by astronomy.

“The reason the big tides are in September is because of the equinox, when the moon is directly over the Equator.

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“That’s quite close to when the moon is closest to the Earth.”

Andrew Dobson, chief officer (Regeneration and Planning) at Lancaster City Council, said at the time: “The level of Morecambe Promenade is around 1.14m above the highest astronomic tide level which we will experience in September. It would take a large surge coupled with strong south-westerly or westerly winds in order for there to be any significant impacts on the frontage even from a tide of this magnitude.”