Blue moon Spring tide to peak on Saturday

Posted on 30 October 2020

A blue moon Spring tide will peak on Saturday, October 31 and the NSRI are appealing to the public to be cautious around the coastline this weekend and into the later half of next week.

A Spring tides normally happens twice a month at full moon and again at new moon. There will have been two full moons in one calendar month by the end of October 2020.

The second full moon in one calendar month, a relatively rare phenomenon, is called a Blue Moon.

This full moon Spring tide brings the usual higher than normal Spring high tide and lower than normal Spring low tide.

There are two high tides and two low tides daily.

‘We appeal to the public to be aware of this Spring tide and to be cautious around the coastline,’ the NSRI said in a statement.

Anglers fishing from rocks, coastal hikers and bathers are urged to be cautious.

Swim at beaches only where and when lifeguards are on duty and swim between the flags that lifeguards post on the beach.

Be particularly cautious when high tide turns and recedes towards the low tide as rip currents are strongest during this phase.

‘We are appealing to parents to make sure that children have responsible adult supervision when they are swimming or cooling off in the water,’ the NSRI concluded.

Picture: Unsplash


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