Weather and Tides at Blackpool

Weather and Tides at Blackpool

It can make or break your time here – so keep an eye on the weather and tides at Blackpool. Watch our live weather webcams, fresh from the beach.

Weather and Tides at Blackpool
Weather and Tides at Blackpool

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

Weather and Tides at Blackpool

Check the weather if you fancy a day out, rather than just believing what you are told, with our LIVE webcams – find them on Visit Fylde Coast.

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.

Beautiful west coast sunset - Weather and tides at Blackpool
Beautiful west coast sunset – Weather and tides at Blackpool

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 winter 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.

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 heart’s 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.

Find out More

Have a look at the Live Blackpool website homepage for more of the latest updates.

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