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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 Christchurch Harbour'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 Christchurch Harbour'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 Christchurch (Quay) tides — High water: , Low water:
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 04:26, 17:14, Low waters: 11:42, 01:00
We are now on Neaps.
MHWS 1.8m MHWN 1.4m MLWN 0.7m MLWS 0.6m
Mean Level 1.2 metres
High Water Springs -0210, Neaps -0140 of Dover.
The tidal range of Christchurch Bay is the lowest along the south-central Channel coast. At the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, the mean spring range is 1.4 m, reducing to 0.8m during neap cycles. The duration of the flood tide is 6.4 hours, whilst the ebb phase occupies 6.01 hours. Mean tidal range within the harbour is lower than on the adjacent open coast because of attenuation effects set up by The Run. In both Christchurch Bay and Harbour, a "double high water" effect is discernible. This contributes to the ebb-dominant asymmetry of the tidal regime of Christchurch Harbour.
Streams are weak inside the line Handfast Point to Hengistbury Head and in Christchurch Bay running generally in the direction of the land. Rapid tidal currents are restricted to the eastern extremity of the bay, except for Christchurch Harbour entrance, where ebb flow coupled with fluvial discharge can create maximum velocity currents approaching 7 kn. The east stream sets towards Christchurch Ledge and the Shingles. It is very strong and overfalls can be expected during Springs. Christchurch Harbour has a double high water. At Springs, the first high water tends to be higher than the second, whereas at neap tides the second high water is higher than the first.
There is approximately a ½ hour difference between high water at the entrance or outside and at the town quay. During periods of high pressure the depth of water could be reduced by more than 30 cm. With a normal range of only 1.2 metres, this can dramatically reduce the available depth.
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Headline: Mostly dry, although cloud increasing.
Today: A bright start for many once any early fog clears. From mid-morning, cloud will spread north from the south coast, limiting sunshine and giving a risk of the odd light shower later. Maximum Temperature 19C.
Tonight: Mostly dry overnight with occasional clear intervals, although there will be a lot of cloud and winds will gradually increase. Temperatures dropping into single figures in isolated rural spots. Minimum Temperature 10C.
Tuesday: There will be some bright intervals on Tuesday, mainly in the east. A lot of cloud overall though, with outbreaks of rain affecting northern and western areas during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 18C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Wet and very windy at first on Wednesday, but turning brighter with blustery showers for the afternoon. Sunny spells and blustery showers continuing on Thursday and Friday. Generally mild.
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 have 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
Christchurch Sailing Club,
P: +44 1202 483150
Rossiter Yachts Ltd,
P: +44 1202 483250 or 01202 473937
18 Convent Meadows,
P: +44 01202 483141
Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5601 ‘East Devon & Dorset Coast, Exmouth to Christchurch’ covers this area. Admiralty Chart 2172 ‘Harbours On South Coast England’ and 2035 ‘West Approaches To The Solent’. Imray "C" Chart C4 ‘Needles Channel to Bill of Portland’ has a plan for Christchurch. NV Chart Atlas Pack UK2 ‘Start Point to the Needles’ and a plan of Christchurch.
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.