On a beach holiday? Then be careful of this week’s spring tide

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The National Sea Rescue Institute has advised the public about this week’s looming full moon spring tide.

This is expected to occur on Thursday.

The NSRI said Spring Tide happens twice a month, at full moon and at the new moon.

“This means higher than usual high tides and lower than usual low tides.”

However, the NSRI said this is accompanied by stronger than normal rip currents.

“Spring Tide will start to build in intensity from today, Monday, 26th December, peaking on the New Moon day, Thursday 29th December, and gradually lessening in intensity towards about Monday, 2nd of January,” said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

“Anyone visiting the beach from today, 26th December, will notice that these twice daily high tides start to gradually get higher than normal, as this week progresses, and the twice daily low tides gradually start to get lower than normal, as this week progresses, peaking on the day of the New Moon, on Thursday, 29th December,” he said.

“It will also become visibly noticeable that rip-currents will begin to get stronger than normal from today onwards.

NSRI are urging bathers, paddlers and anglers to be aware of this year’s end of the year “New Moon Spring Tide” happening at a time when most families will be visiting the beach (coastline) and extreme caution around the coast is advised,” said Lambinon.

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