Surf warning for beaches across South West – Somerset Live

A high surf warning has been issued for beaches across parts of the South West today (July 23).

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has issued a High Surf Advisory for Devon and Cornwall.

This covers exposed north coast beaches and some west-facing ones on the south coast too.

The RNLI says that there are large breaking waves, that are two metres high at least, going along the coastline.

Big waves at a beach (Image: PAUL GILLIS /

A spokesperson said: “The RNLI has issued a High Surf Advisory for Devon and Cornwall, covering exposed north coast beaches and some west facing beaches on the south coast throughout Tuesday (23 July 2019).

“Large breaking waves in excess of two metres will be seen along the coastline with associated increased tidal surges and strong rip currents.

“These conditions will coincide with sunshine settled weather, with the RNLI expecting large numbers to head to the coast.

“Swimming, bodyboarding and novice surfing is only recommended at a lifeguarded beach, with beachgoers heeding the advice and guidance from the lifeguards on duty.

“Experienced surfers should avoid exposed beaches and only consider surfing at sheltered spots with appropriate supervision.

“Anglers, coastal walkers and those taking photographs are reminded to keep a safe distance from the water.”

What is a High Surf Warning?

A high surf advisory warning is issued when dangerous surf conditions are expected and poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

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