"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Weston-super-Mare Weather

Weston-super-Mare is a seaside resort, town and civil parish in the unitary authority of North Somerset, which is within the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It is located on the Bristol Channel coast, 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol, spanning the coast between the bounding high ground of Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population according to the 2011 census was 76,143. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany.

Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. During the 21st century a regeneration programme is being undertaken. Attractions include the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, a pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, The Winter Gardens, and The Blakehay Theatre & Community Arts Centre.

Owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about a mile from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.

Local authority: North Somerset Council

OS Grid Reference: ST320612

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Weather

Forecast for the next five days

Wednesday
19 September


Chance of rain 41%
Max temp. 21°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 11mph.
SW
Pressure 1009
Humidity 61%
UV Index
Air Quality

Thursday
20 September


Chance of rain 54%
Max temp. 20°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 11mph.
SSW
Pressure 1008
Humidity 76%
UV Index
Air Quality

Friday
21 September


Chance of rain 36%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 11mph.
W
Pressure 1013
Humidity 55%
UV Index
Air Quality

Saturday
22 September


Chance of rain 53%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SW
Pressure 1021
Humidity 71%
UV Index
Air Quality

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