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|Low Water||High Water|
|04:35 (0.7m)||09:34 (2.2m)|
|16:52 (0.8m)||21:44 (2.2m)|
|Time to low||3:31|
|Tide height over CD|
|Mean Spring Curve||Mean Neap Curve||Intervening Period|
Small tidal stream inaccuracies can develop when advancing beyond HW Dover +6. Because of this we only enable today's tidal stream chartlets to advance 24 hours. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Swanage's future tides predictor below.
The above image represents the current tidal streams offshore of this haven. Streams attaining three knots and above are highlighted by red arrows . All times are in local time with red text indicating springs, blue indicating neaps and gray between tidal events. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [-] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Swanage's future tides predictor below.
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Arrows represent the direction of tidal streams with lighter or shorter arrows indicating weaker streams. Stronger streams are indicated by heavier or longer arrows, and as mentioned above, red arrows flagging rates of 3 knots and above. Numerals represent [mean neap, mean spring] rates in tenths of a knot. For example the numbers 12,23 would indicate a mean neap of 1.2 knots and a mean spring of 2.3 knots.
More local tidal detailsToday's Swanage tides — High waters: 09:34, 21:44, Low waters: 04:35, 16:52
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 00:17, 12:26, Low waters: 07:40, 19:55
We are now on Springs.
MHWS 2.0m MHWN 1.4m MLWN 1.2m MLWS 0.3m
Mean Level 1.5 metres, double HW except at neaps
Dover HW Springs -0235 / +0125, Neaps -0515 / +0120
LW Poole - 0050
The tidal range is modest in Studland and Swanage Bays because of Poole Bay’s central position within the English Channel. Double high waters occur, except at neaps, and the low tide duration is very short compared to the high tide duration, and the tidal rise is longer than the fall.
Main tidal streams within Poole Bay are generally parallel to the coastline offshore and during the flood tide flow, and currents are in an easterly direction. During the ebbing tide the flow is westwards offshore. Maximum rates at springs are 1kn and at neaps ½ kn.
Portsmouth HW +0445, or Dover HW +0510, they run eastward.
Portsmouth HW -0130, or Dover HW -0105, they run westward.
Near the Poole Harbour entrance flows are significantly influenced by discharges from the harbour.
Tidal streams ⅓ of a mile off Peveril Point.
The north by northeast going flood commences at Dover +0500 Dover attaining rates of up to 1 knot.
The south by southwest going ebb commences at Dover - 0215 attaining rates of up to 3 knots.
In Swanage Bay the streams are weak and circle the bay. They tend north by northeast during the east going stream, south by southwest on the west going stream.
For planning purposes only, not for navigation. Please see our terms and conditions.
Headline: Becoming dry and bright for most, feeling cold.
Today: A cloudy and damp start, but skies quickly brightening, leaving many with a dry and sunny day with a few showers in the west. Feeling much colder than of late. Maximum Temperature 13C.
Tonight: Mostly dry overnight with some long clear spells developing, low risk of an isolated shower over parts of Devon and Cornwall. Feeling rather chilly. Minimum Temperature 7C.
Friday: A bright day on Friday with an odd, isolated shower, particularly in the far west. Feeling cold with a northwesterly wind. Maximum Temperature 14C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday: It will turn milder as we head throughout the weekend, with rain spreading in by Sunday accompanied by stronger winds. Temperatures near normal on Monday with sunshine and scattered showers.
Click [+] to advance by twelve hours and click [-] to step back. The forecasted time is presented in the top left hand corner of the pressure chart. Click the image to display it in a full window.
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Contacting Coastguard and Emergency Services
Coastguard should only be used for distress and urgency calls as follows:
The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) based at Fareham handles all operations in the area from Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Devon. They also assist other authorities such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance with their specialist expertise. The centre is manned 24x7 and has helicopters based at rescue bases at Portland or Lee-On-Solent at their disposal. Ch.67 can be used for routine communications and the National Maritime Operations Centre can be contacted directly on +44 23 8032 9486 for administrative enquiries only.
Phone 999 when it is a Police emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. Phone 101, the police non-emergency number, when it's less urgent than a 999 call.
Useful Local Contacts
Brownsea Island National Trust
P: +44 1202 492161 | E: email@example.com
Poole Harbour Commissioners
Pier P: +44 1929 427058 (no VHF)
Swanage Sailing Club P: +44 1929 0422987
Doctor P: +44 1929 422231
Hospital P: +44 1929 422202
Poole Harbour’s Control is on VHF Ch. 14
Switchboard P: +44 1202 440200
Harbour Master P: +44 1202 440233
Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5601 ‘East Devon & Dorset Coast, Exmouth to Christchurch’ covers this area. Admiralty Chart 2175 ‘Poole Bay’ & 2611 ‘Poole Harbour and Approaches’. Imray 2000 Series Chart Pack 2300 ‘Dorset and Devon Coast’. Imray "C" Chart C10 ‘Western English Channel Passage Chart’ " and C12 ‘Eastern English Channel Passage Chart’ overlap in this area, C4 ‘Needles to Portland Bill’ and "Y" Chart Y23 ‘Poole Harbour’. NV Chart Atlas Pack UK2 ‘Start Point to the Needles’
Please note eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information. Whilst every effort has been made to use valid source data and ensure calculations are correct, no warranty is made. All tidal predictions are approximations and differences used to calculate times and heights at secondary ports are based on stated averages that reduce precision. This information is provided as a guide only and is not to be used for navigation. For navigation please refer to published tidal tables. Actual height and time of tides are affected by barometric pressure and other weather effects. Any data provided on this page is entirely used at your own risk and you must read our legal page if you view data on this site.