THE RNLI is urging people to "keep a safe distance from the sea" following the yellow weather warning for today (Wednesday, August 2).

The Met Office has said that heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout the day, which could cause travel disruption and pose a danger to those on foot, especially near the coast.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson from the Weston's station said: "If you’re heading to the beach today please be aware of the Met Office yellow weather warning. The forecast is for strong winds which will create large swells and challenging conditions, alongside this week’s large spring tides.

"Please keep a safe distance from the sea if you’re on a coastpath or walkway as strong waves might sweep you off your feet.

"If you get into difficulty in the water, float to live. And if you see someone else in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."