Wind whips up waves and foaming sea at high tide on south Devon coast

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High winds whipped up the sea to foam on parts of the south Devon on Sunday.

There were large waves on parts of the coast as an offshore wind coincided with the high tide.

These images from Paignton show foam spread over the seafront road.

The Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the south Devon coast as high winds coincided with a high tide on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The beach near Paignton Pier on Sunday morning

But the high tides passed without major incident.

At Exmouth, waves were high on the sea wall, but there was no over-topping and traffic continued as normal along the Esplanade.

The view from the ExmouthCam seafront webcam just after 9am on Sunday

An Environment Agency statement on Saturday said: “The forecast conditions are close to thresholds so this Flood Alert is being issued on a precautionary basis.” A flood alert means flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

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Meanwhile Sunday’s weather was forecast to be milder than recent days, with sunny spells during the morning giving way to thickening cloud.

The temperature was due to stay well above freezing overnight due to cloud cover, rising to a high of 10C (50F) on Monday.

The rest of the week is predicted to be mild, cloudy and dry.

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