"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Burnham-on-Sea Weather

Burnham-on-Sea is a town in Somerset, England, at the mouth of the River Parrett and Bridgwater Bay. Burnham was a small village until the late 18th century, when it began to grow because of its popularity as a seaside resort. It forms part of the parish of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge. According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 18,401.

The position of the town on the edge of the Somerset Levels, where they meet the Bristol Channel, has resulted in a history dominated by land reclamation and sea defences since Roman times. Burnham was seriously affected by the Bristol Channel floods of 1607, with the present curved concrete wall was completed in 1988. There have been many shipwrecks on the Gore Sands, which lie just offshore and can be exposed at low tides. Lighthouses are hence prominent landmarks in the town, with the original lighthouse known as the Round Tower built to replace the light on the top of the 14th-century tower of St Andrews Church. The 110 feet (34 m) pillar or High Lighthouse and the low wooden pile lighthouse or Lighthouse on legs on the beach were built to replace it. The town's first lifeboat was provided in 1836 by the Corporation of Bridgwater.

A stone pier was built in 1858 by the Somerset Central Railway. Soon afterwards, in 1860, a steamer service to Wales was inaugurated, but it was never a commercial success, and ended in 1888. Burnham-on-Sea railway station was the terminus of the Burnham branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. It opened in 1858, closed to scheduled passenger traffic in 1951, and stopped being used for excursions in 1962. The former Great Western Railway station is now known as Highbridge and Burnham. A second pier, built of concrete between 1911 and 1914, is claimed to be the shortest pier in Britain.

Local authority: North Somerset Council

OS Grid Reference: ST307491

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Weather

Forecast for the next five days

Tuesday
20 November


Chance of rain 48%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
NE
Pressure 1009
Humidity 72%
UV Index
Air Quality

Wednesday
21 November


Chance of rain 57%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
SE
Pressure 1009
Humidity 88%
UV Index
Air Quality

Thursday
22 November


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
ENE
Pressure 1017
Humidity 78%
UV Index
Air Quality

Friday
23 November


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
E
Pressure 1014
Humidity 85%
UV Index
Air Quality

Saturday
24 November


Chance of rain 11%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
NE
Pressure 1010
Humidity 86%
UV Index
Air Quality

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