set for exceptionally high Spring tides this weekend
is braced for a series of exceptionally high Spring tides over
the next few days.
rare alignment of the sun, earth and moon will result in some
of the highest tides for several years, say experts, with a risk
of overtopping and spray along Burnham's seafront if onshore winds
whip up waves.
Burnham, there will be a 12.1m high tide on Friday at 7.42am and
8.06pm. There will also be 12.2m tides on Saturday (February 21st)
at 8.27am and 8.50pm, followed by a 12.0m tide on Sunday at 9.10am.
rare astronomical phenomenon results in a much higher gravitational
pull on the Earths oceans than normal, which can create
happens once every 18.6 years, and in 2015 the tides will be at
their peak during the two equinoxes this month and on September
29th and 30th.
of Burnham Sailing Club have been checking their moorings are
secure this week ahead of the high tides. Walkers have been urged
not to put themselves at risk by trying to get close to the waves.
Environment Agency says it will be closing the town's flood gates
at the jetty, Sailing Club and Maddock's Slade as a safety precaution.
District Council also says it will be monitoring the conditions,
with spokeswoman Claire Faun adding: "We always have a stock
of sandbags and whether they are deployed or not will depend on
the weather. However, we are aware and are prepared."