Weekend Weather: High tides and bad weather to bring flood risk to wirral

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Public advised to stay away from Wirral costal areas as flood warnings issued.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for costal areas of Wirral this weekend.

The warnings cover areas from Wallasey to Bromborourgh.

The reason for the warnings is due to high astronomical tides, known as spring tides, will peak of their 18-and-a-half-year cycle this weekend, which, added to the bad weather and strong winds predicted, could cause coastal flooding.

This means that parts of the Wirral could see waves topple sea defences and so the public are being warned to stay away from costal areas this weekend.

Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “It’s possible we could see some large waves and spray and urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water.

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Environment Agency Wirral flood warnings

Winds are set to be strong at costal areas but nothing like last month, the Environment Agency say that the flood warnings are just precautionary and there are no Met Office weather warnings for wind.

Wirral council said it has seen a number of high tide warnings in recent months and has a series of standard alerts that it issues to ensure contractors are” on standby, and ready in case of disruption”.

Astronomical tides are when 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.

Here’s a quick look at how the weekend is shaping up:

Saturday:

After a frosty start for some, another bright day will follow with sunshine and scattered showers. The showers will ease later in the day.

Max Temp: 6C – Feels Like: 0C

Sunday:

Wet & windy, gusts of up to 45mph are possible.

Max Temp: 9C – Feels Like: 5C

Start of next week:

Unsettled with stronger windier conditions Monday and Tuesday, locally severe, and blustery showers. Chance of sleet or hail to areas of Wirral.

The windiest of the weather will be seen early next week and could have more of an impact than this weekend, so keep up to date with the weather on our Facebook and twitter pages.

WATCH below dramatic scenes as the region was battered by strong winds last month:

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