Dramatic tides for Coffs Coast

WHAT a difference six hours made on our beaches yesterday as the second king tide for the year hit the East Coast.

Waves broke in the mouths of creeks and estuaries in the morning as the high tide lapped around the two-metre mark, a height easily gauged by the water surrounding Sawtell Island.

From extraordinary heights to amazing lows, the tide turned to an afternoon low of 0.12 metres, exposing rarely seen areas of the beach.

Scientists say it follows the largest king tide to hit the coastline in 18 years, earlier this month, which rose to 2.5 metres.

This week’s tides have been brought on by the full moon.

Today the high at 10am is forecast to reach 1.78m with the low at 4.30pm dropping to 0.11m.



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