The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is encouraging people to be cautious if visiting the coast this weekend as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for strong winds on the coast of Wales.

This weekend (April 6-7) the forecast suggests that parts of the Welsh coast could see wind speeds of up to 40mph, with the potential of large swells that mean unpredictable seas and challenging conditions. 

The weather warning for Wales is for this Saturday, April 6, and the RNLI are encouraging those who plan to visit the coast to take extra care and to head to a lifeguarded beach if they plan on going in the water. 

RNLI lifeguards will be on patrol at the following beaches between 10am–6pm over the weekend:

  • Whitesands Beach - Pembrokeshire
  • Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Three Cliffs – Swansea.

The rough conditions that are expected this weekend could mean the lifeguards will deem the beach unsafe for water activity, with the risk of rip currents heightened. If a beach is red-flagged do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. If there are no flags at a beach, there are no lifeguards.

If conditions allow, the lifeguards will set up the red and yellow flags in the safest area of the beach and encourage beachgoers to swim between these flags.

Chris Cousens, RNLI Water Safety Lead for the region said:

“The conditions forecast for the weekend pose an increased risk to those visiting the coast. The RNLI wants visitors to enjoy themselves, whilst keeping themselves and their families safe.

“We strongly advise that people visit a lifeguarded beach. If anyone plans on entering the water elsewhere, ensure that you don’t go in alone. Let other people know of your plans and if possible – always carry a means for calling for help should you need it.

“If you’re walking on the coast be aware of your surroundings and stay well back from the water’s edge. The weather conditions increase the likelihood of tidal surges that could sweep you out to sea.

“If you get into difficulty in the water remember Float to Live. Always call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you see anyone in trouble.’

RNLI Float to Live advice:

  • Tilt your head back with your ears submerged
  • Relax and try to breathe normally
  • Move your hands to help you stay afloat
  • It’s okay if your legs sink, we all float differently
  • Spread your arms and legs to improve stability.