Large waves to hit coastline as severe weather warning extended

Severe weather is set to bring large waves to the Cornish coastline across this weekend and into Monday.

It’s set to bring waves up to 24ft to the Cribbar, a reef off the North Cornwall coast at Newquay which is known for being a surfing spot, also known as the “widow maker”

The forecast by Magic Seaweed comes shortly after the Met Office extended their severe weather warning for Devon and Cornwall for rain until 8 pm Saturday evening with surface flooding and hazardous travel conditions set to play a factor.

The large waves forecast come as parts of the coast surrounding Devon and Cornwall looks set to reach up to 32ft in places due to the onset of two back-to-back low-pressure systems causing the waves set to hit coastal communities.

Magic seaweed map showing the height of the waves expected to hit Devon and Cornwall's coast
Magic seaweed map showing the height of the waves expected to hit Devon and Cornwall’s coast
(Image: Magic Seaweed)

However, surfers tempted to ride the forecast waves could see themselves being reported for coronavirus breaches.

Last weekend, around 100 surfers that descended on a Cornish beach found themselves being spoken to by Police after more than 50 cars were reported attending Perranuthoe Beach.

A Forces Information Manager (FIM) for Devon and Cornwall Police said at the time of the incident, which was reported to them by local residents: “We have attended and there are in excess of 50 vehicles in the Perranuthnoe beach car park. It’s a small car park – there’s one way in and one way out.

“Registration numbers have been taken and quite a lot of the vehicles are registered locally, so it’s possible they are local residents out as part of their exercise. Local officers are currently on the scene giving words of advice to surfers as they return to their cars.

“However, quite a few cars appear to be from out of the force area. The local council has been informed as well and they are liaising with police at this time. Local police units are at the scene at the moment and will be waiting for the occupants of the cars to return to their vehicles, either to offer proactive advice or enforcement, depending on the circumstances. Evidently, people became aware it was meant to be ideal surf conditions and headed to this beach.”

Met Office weather forecast for South West England

Today

A wet start for many with heavy scattered showers mixed with bright spells. Turning drier in the afternoon with periods of sunshine. Windy with a risk of coastal gales during the morning, but easing through the day. Maximum temperature 11°C.

Tonight

After a dry start, a large area of rain will soon arrive from the southwest during the night, bringing heavy downpours and possibly leading to flooding on the moors. Minimum temperature 3°C.

Saturday

Cold and windy with outbreaks of rain continuing across the region, possibly falling as snow in the east. Turning drier overnight with clear spells. Maximum temperature 6°C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

A cold and frosty start on Sunday with further wind and rain later. Drier on Monday after early rain clears. Turning milder on Tuesday with outbreaks of rain.

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