Heysham to experience highest tide in decades

Photo: David Hurst - Heysham will have its highest tide in years on Wednesday morning.
Photo: David Hurst - Heysham will have its highest tide in years on Wednesday morning.

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

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.

“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.”