High tides expected, but no flood warnings for Northumberland coast

Particularly high tides are expected this weekend.
Particularly high tides are expected this weekend.

Users of the Northumberland coast are advised to be aware that particularly high tides are expected this weekend.

In parts of the country, the biggest high tides seen in two decades could hit this weekend, the Environment Agency has said.

The North East is currently not expected to be as badly hit, but HM Coastguard in the region is still warning people to be aware of the extremely high tides.

The high astronomical tides, known as spring tides, began their peak on Wednesday and continue until Monday. They will see the position of the sun, moon and earth align in such a way that they combine to create a greater than normal force over the oceans. The greater force means the tides will be higher than usual spring tides.

If these extreme ‘supertides’ are coupled with stormy weather they have the potential to cause flooding, although the Environment Agency has said this is not likely at the moment.

At Amble Harbour, high tide later today (Saturday) is at 4.47pm then 5.24am and 5.33pm tomorrow (Sunday). For Seahouses, take off 36 minutes and for Berwick, take off 43 minutes.