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A manager at Royal Mail has captured a series of amazing photographs showing what he described as “spectacular” waves of up to 30 feet in Cleethorpes on Wednesday night.

Nige Cordy, who is from Cleethorpes and works in Grimsby, heard about the forecast high tides and went out to near the Wonderland end of the North Promenade between around 6.30pm and 7.30pm on January 5.

The 48-year-old told The Lincolnite hundreds of people were watching along the Promenade, although most were doing so from the comfort of inside their cars.

| Photo: Nige Cordy

Nige captured photos of the high waves in Cleethorpes. | Photo: Nige Cordy

At one point he believes the waves were around 30 feet (more than nine metres) high and he enjoyed watching, and photographing, the spectacle with his girlfriend and children.

He said: “The waves were hitting the wall at such a speed and power that it was lifting up vertically and coming down. There were shells and stones in the water, and I’ve even seen a photo of a fish flapping in the waves.

“There was no tidal surge dragging people away. I got my feet wet, but nobody was in danger, and it was spectacular to watch. There have been big floods in my lifetime, but since the defences were put up in around the 1970s there hasn’t been much problem since.”

The big waves drew the attention of a lot of people in the North East Lincolnshire town. | Photo: Nige Cordy

According to BBC Weather, the next high tide in nearby Grimsby is expected to reach a height of seven metres at 8.15pm on January 6. On Friday, January 7 the high tides are expected to be 6.6 and 6.8 metres at 9.12am and 9pm respectively, with the lowest of 1.3 and 1.9 metres at 3am and 3.02pm.

Tide table for Grimsby. | Photo: BBC Weather

Nige posted the photos on social media, gaining around 600 likes and 80 comments, but it wasn’t the first time he had received such a reaction.

He also posted a 30 second video during a bike ride when the pandemic started, which showed hundreds of people walking around the area. This got around 250,000 views and shares, before it was deleted, and Nige is glad people have loved his photos!

See the rest of Nige’s gallery below:

| Photo: Nige Cordy

| Photo: Nige Cordy

| Photo: Nige Cordy

| Photo: Nige Cordy

| Photo: Nige Cordy

The hottest ever New Year’s Eve temperatures for Lincolnshire were recorded this year.

Temperatures rose to a record 15.3°C in Coningsby after 12pm on Friday, December 31, 2021, which at the time was the warmest New Year’s Eve on record in the UK. The temperature was matched elsewhere in Lincolnshire later in the day in Wainfleet, as well as at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in London, and Leconfield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Unfortunately, our beloved Lincolnshire didn’t hold the record for long as higher temperatures of 15.4°C were recorded in St Jame’s Park in London and Benson in Oxfordshire. Even higher temperatures of 15.8°C were recorded before the end of the afternoon in Merryfield, Somerset and in Nantwich, Cheshire.

The Met Office confirmed to The Lincolnite that this was the warmest New Year’s Eve on record in Lincolnshire, and in the UK, beating the previous highest temperature of 14.8°C in Colywn Bay in Wales (in 2011). There has been some suggestion of higher temperatures from over 100 years ago, but these are not from official records.

If you are heading to Lincoln Christmas Market this weekend, a warm coat (and face mask!) is strongly advised.

Snow began to fall at around 8.30am on Thursday, December 2, contrary to forecasts of a dry weekend.

Lincoln’s famous Christmas Market is returning from Thursday, December 2, running until Sunday, December 5, with thousands of visitors expected to come to the city for a weekend of festive fun.

It was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is expected to be back with a bang this year across the four-day event.

Weather wise, it is expected to remain dry for the duration of the Christmas market, with chance of rain never going above 10% according to the Met Office.

A look at the weather forecast for Lincoln over the Christmas Market weekend. | Photo: Met Office

The Weather Channels expects a higher chance of rain for Lincoln, but cold nevertheless.

Temperatures will peak at around 8℃ on the Friday, and it will naturally drop close to freezing overnight each day of the market.

It will be mostly cloudy throughout the weekend, with the occasional sunny spell at times, but the important thing is you likely won’t get rained on if you are planning on attending the market.


READ: Your guide to the 2021 Lincoln Christmas Market

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