"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

Tuesday
15 January


Chance of rain 44%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 7°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
WSW
Pressure 1020
Humidity 87%
UV Index
Air Quality

Wednesday
16 January


Chance of rain 85%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
W
Pressure 1003
Humidity 88%
UV Index
Air Quality

Thursday
17 January


Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 9mph.
NW
Pressure 1013
Humidity 62%
UV Index
Air Quality

Friday
18 January


Chance of rain 18%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
SE
Pressure 1012
Humidity 76%
UV Index
Air Quality

Saturday
19 January


Chance of rain 19%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
SW
Pressure 1008
Humidity 86%
UV Index
Air Quality

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