The Fylde Coast seems to enjoy its own little microclimate, so don’t believe everything that you hear on the weather forecast for what’s predicted to happen at St Annes!
Often, the weather doesn’t do as its forecast to, and many times the weathermen say rain but actually its bright sunshine. So it will pay you to check the weather if you fancy a day out, rather than just believing what you are told!
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.
You can guarantee that you’ll go home with apples in your cheeks!
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If you do call at St Annes in the wintery winds, be sure to pay heed to the tides and observe beach safety.
You might have noticed an oil rig which is visible from the coast, straight ahead in the Irish Sea. Follow this link to station 62125 and you’ll find weather monitoring available, provided by the National Data Buoy Centre.
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.
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 St Annes frequently it might pay you to buy one. They are available from the Tourist Information Centre and newsagents in the area for about £1.50.
If you particularly want to enjoy the beach, it will help if you check these tide times.
However, along almost all of the coastline at St Annes there are seafront footpaths right against the waters edge, which you can enjoy at any time, along with spots where you can pitch your deck chair on dry land and enjoy the view on a warm 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.
Sun on the water in winter at St Annes
Sunny town centre