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Weston-super-Mare braces itself for high tides

Temporary defences, known as a Dutch Dam, have been raised in Weston-super-Mare to protect the town from the onslaught Credit: ITV News

Communities along the Bristol Channel are bracing themselves for the highest spring tides in decades this weekend.

50 feet high tides - the highest seen for 20 years - are expected in Weston-super-Mare from this morning. Forecasters are warning of the possibility of coastal flooding and North Somerset Council's emergency teams have been put on standby.

We've got good sea defences in Weston-super-Mare. We have a Dutch dam, which is a dam that we put up manually, and we've also got a gate which we shut and that creates a watertight seal.

And that stops the water from pouring onto the road if the weather gets that bad.

– John Flannigan, North Somerset Council

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Alex's weather blog: Brollies at the ready as rain heads for West Country

Rain is set to sweep across the West County for the rest of the week Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The last two mornings have brought bright blue skies, sparkly wintry sunshine and some beautiful frost formations, but from tonight the weather pattern is set to change.

Currently a cold front is moving southeastwards across the UK, bringing cloudier skies through the rest of today and overnight, followed by outbreaks of rain.

During tomorrow the main band of rain will slowly work its way through the region giving some heavy and persistent periods of rain. The winds will also increase, especially around the coast making it feel even more unpleasant.

Unfortunately the rain will be here for much of Thursday, with a drier interlude of weather to come in the evening, before the next band of heavy rain arrives for Friday spreading eastwards to all corners.

The weekend also looks unsettled with further rain at times, fairly strong winds and high spring tides which could cause some coastal flooding. At the moment the risk is low, but this could change towards the end of the week.

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