Flood Alert Info - The Suffolk coast from Lowestoft to Bawdsey

Area Description

The Suffolk coast from Lowestoft to Bawdsey, including the Blyth and Alde and Ore estuaries.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2020 13:21
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 8:30pm and 10:30pm today, Sunday 23rd February 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.75 mAODN at 09:30pm, on Sunday 23rd February 2020, which is 0.76m above tide tables, wind Force 6, Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Feb 2020 13:37
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 8pm and 10pm today, Saturday 22nd February 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. We expect high tide levels at the harbourside in Southwold. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.99 mAODN at 9pm, on Saturday 22nd February, which is 1.06m above tide tables, wind Force 6, South-westerly. We also expect the subsequent tide to exceed the flood alert level, peaking at 1.64 mAOD on Sunday 23rd February at 09:30am. This message covers both high tides. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate but will update this message if necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 14:36
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10pm and 12am tonight, Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th February. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.72mAODN at 11pm, on Tuesday 11th February, which is 0.5m above tide tables, wind force 8, west south westerly (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 08:26
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10am and 12pm today, Tuesday 11th February. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.70mAODN at 11am, on Tuesday 11th February, which is 0.70m above tide tables, wind force 8, westerly (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 14:09
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 8:45pm and 10:45pm on Monday 10th February 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.84mAODN at 9:45pm on Monday 10th February, which is 0.75m above tide tables, wind force 8, west south westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 16:48
North Sea
This message has been issued because we are providing advance notice of possible minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 09:15am and 11:15am tomorrow morning, Monday 10th February. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 2.18mAODN at 10:15am, on Monday 10th February, which is 1.19m above tide tables, wind Force 8, WSW. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). The preceding high tide at 22:00pm on Sunday 9th February is not anticipated to result in any flooding. On Monday, take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Dec 2019 10:46
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 6.15pm and 8.15pm today. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.93mAODN at 7.15pm, on Monday 9th December, which is 1.12m above tide tables, wind Force 6, NNW. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. Large waves on the sea front are expected given the forecast strong winds. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 21:42
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 11:30am to 1:30pm Wednesday 2nd October. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.83mAODN at 12:30pm, on Wednesday 2nd October, which is 0.48m above tide tables, wind Force 6, north westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level. For more info refer to local tide tables). You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 00:06
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10:00am and 12:00am on Monday 30th September 2019. We expect to see high water levels in Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk Coast, impacting on beach access points. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.77mAODN at 11:00am, on Monday 30th September, which is 0.36m above tide tables, wind Force 4, W. (mAODN is height above average sea level. For more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Jan 2019 15:20
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10:00pm and midnight tonight. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. There will still be strong winds affecting this evening's tide, generating large waves. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.73mAODN at 11:00pm, on Tuesday 8th January 2019, which is 0.69m above tide tables, Wind Force 7, NNW. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Jan 2019 16:42
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 09:45am and 11:45am tomorrow, Tuesday 8th January 2019. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 2.16 mAODN at 10:45am, on Tuesday 8th January 2019, which is 1.36m above tide tables, wind Force 7, NW. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Dec 2018 13:46
North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 8:45pm (Sunday 9 December) and 12:45am (Monday 10 December). Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Lowestoft of 1.80mAODN at 10:45pm, on Sunday 9 December, which is 0.65m above tide tables, wind Force 5, west-north-westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2017 15:46
North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Lowestoft at 01:15am, on Saturday 9th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.85mAODN, which is 0.78m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 7, West North Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for the next tide. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2017 07:46
North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next few days. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Lowestoft at 12:45pm, on Friday 8th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.72mAODN, which is 0.71m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 7, West North Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). The following risk tide on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 01:00am is currently forecast to be a Flood Alert. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2017 15:05
North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next few days. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Lowestoft at 00:10am, on Friday 8th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.94mAODN, which is 0.80m above tide tables. The wind forecast is westerly Force 7. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The following risk tide on Friday 8th December 2017 at 12:57pm is currently forecast to be a Flood Alert. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Nov 2017 07:39
North Sea
This message has been issued because of forecast local weather conditions during spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Lowestoft at 9:45am, on 19/11/2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.73mAODN, which is 0.69m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, West North Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for the next tide. This is an update to the alert. There is only a minor change in terms of wind direction. The forecast is just above our Flood Alert level and so any impacts are likely to be very minor and localised to low lying coastal areas like promenades and coast roads


Flood Alert issued on 18 Nov 2017 15:08
North Sea
This message has been issued because of forecast local weather conditions during spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Lowestoft at 09:45am, on 19/11/2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.74mAODN, which is 0.7m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, North Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Please note, this alert is for the tide on Sunday morning. It is being issued earlier than normal to avoid issuing it during the night or early Sunday morning and to allow anyone concerned to take the usual precautions in daylight hours. The forecast is just over the alert level so any impacts are likely to be very minor and localised. We will update this message Sunday morning


Flood Alert issued on 28 Oct 2017 15:57
North Sea
This message has been issued because strong winds and high surges may cause large waves and spray overtopping on the coast. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Lowestoft at 5:30am on Sunday 29th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.01mAODN, which is 1.51m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 7, North North West. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables).


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2017 07:00
North Sea
This message has been issued because of forecast local weather conditions during spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The spring tides will remain high over the next few days. High water is due at Lowestoft at 10:23am on Friday 6 October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.92mAODN, which is 0.71m above tide tables. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The wind forecast is Force 6, North-North-Westerly. We are not expecting the situation to escalate. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2017 14:17
North Sea
This message has been issued because of the forecast for high tides at Lowestoft linked to spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next few tides. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Lowestoft at 10:26pm, on Thursday 5th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 1.71mAODN, which is 0.68m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, North-Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). We are monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.