Severe weather warnings for rain, snow and wind have been issued by the Met Office

As the Met Office has warned of strong winds and heavy rain, HM Coastguard is urging people to take extra care.

In some parts

of the country, conditions on the sea and along the coast are extremely

treacherous with gale-force winds, high tides and heavy rain. Sending

units to help people in these types of avoidable incidents will also put

rescue teams at risk.

A Coastguard spokesman said: ‘If you do

decide to venture out, check the prevailing weather conditions and make

sure that you can handle them.

‘If you are taking photos of the sea, take

care, a great photo is not worth risking your life for. If in doubt,

don’t go out.

‘Some sections

of the coast are also particularly vulnerable to cliff falls and

landslips. We are again advising the public to take great care when

walking on cliff paths or along beaches, and take note of any warning

signs in place.’

HM Coastguard’s

advice is: don’t take risks. But if you do get into difficulty,

or spot someone who might be in trouble, call 999 and ask for the


Boat owners should also ensure their vessels are made secure.

The Met Office’s Phoebe Smith said gale force gusts were expected along the coast through the Irish Sea and English Channel, while up to 40ml of heavy rain could fall in parts of south Wales and into the South West coast of England today and tomorrow.

She said: ‘We’ve got several warnings in force today as an area of low pressure moves across the country.’

The Environment

Agency has warned that the high winds and tides will bring an increased risk of coastal

flooding along coastal areas of England this weekend.

Areas at risk on Saturday and Sunday include coasts

and tidal areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and South

Gloucestershire as gales and big waves combine to cause possible

overtopping of flood defences and sea walls, property flooding and

travel disruption.

Picture: A boat rescue during the recent St Jude’s Storm; The Met Office weather forecast for Saturday 1 February 2014