The Met Office has issued Yellow weather warnings for the majority of the UK, as this weekend promises erratic weather, creating large waves and strong currents.
Weather forecasts predict that by Friday afternoon, the majority of the UK will be affected by strong winds, thunder and rain. The bad weather is set to continue on Saturday, which will create challenging conditions around the coastline with associated tidal surges, large surf and strong rip currents.
RNLI lifeguards strongly encourage members of the public to take extra care on the coast this weekend. If you’re going to the beach, make sure you visit a lifeguarded one, and only swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area most closely monitored by lifeguards. RNLI lifeguards assess the weather and sea conditions throughout the day and change the flags on the beach accordingly.
If you see a red flag at a lifeguarded beach, do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. You might see an orange windsock at an RNLI lifeguarded beach this weekend, which signals that there are offshore or strong winds and inflatables should not be used. For a detailed breakdown of all the different flags you might find at the beach, visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety
RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands each summer, you can find your nearest here: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches