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Weather and Tides at Blackpool

You're rarely closer to the weather then when you are at the coast, and Blackpool is no exception.


Blackpool, along with the rest of the Fylde Coast, seems to enjoy its own little microclimate, so don't believe everything that you hear on the weather forecast!

Live Fylde Coast webcam and beachcam - Blackpool

Often, the weather doesn’t do as its forecast to, and many times the weathermen say rain but actually its bright sunshine.

Check the weather if you fancy a day out, rather than just believing what you are told, with our LIVE webcams at the link above.

The coast rarely gets snow because of the salt in the atmosphere, and frosts don’t seem to be as hard as they are inland - although it can still get very cold.

Don’t be put off in the winter from a day out at the seaside - wrap up warm, bring your wellies, and you can enjoy a lovely bracing day out. The winter also plays host to the more spectacular displays of weather. Fantastic sunsets grace the winter skies, and the high tides roll with force and majesty.

Summer here at Blackpool on the north west coast of England can be as gorgeous as anywhere you can imagine. With bright sunshine on the sea it looks blue, green and beautiful!

If you do call at Blackpool sea front in the wintery winds, be sure to pay heed to the tides and you can read more about beach safety here.



The tides follow an annual pattern, dictated by the seasons and the moon. There is a very furthest minimum point to which the water goes out, and a very highest maximum depth to which it comes in, which is when you’ll hear it referred to as a ‘9m tide, or a 7m tide’ etc. The fun starts when the incoming tide is at its highest and a strong wind is behind it – and then it comes over the sea defences.

High tide moves forward about half an hour with each tide, with two high tides a day, one every 12 ½ hours. The times of the tides are published each year – you can get the information online or through a little book called a tide table. If you come to the Fylde Coast frequently it might pay you to buy one. They are available from WH Smiths and the local Tourist Information Centres for about £1.50.

If you particularly want to enjoy the beach, it will help if you check these tide times. There are beaches on the seafront in Blackpool that remain dry at high tide each day. Don’t forget though, that if the water puts paid to your beach plans, that there is the huge stretch of promenade at Blackpool, where you can pitch your deck chair or sit on a bench and enjoy the view to your hearts content, especially on a lovely day.

If you want to do something on the beach have a look at the tide table to see when it’s in or out.


sunsetBeautiful west coast sunset at Blackpool

wavesWaves at Blackpool


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