July 26, 2015

Wet and Windy Weather is Bad For Our Beaches

The Met Office currently has a yellow weather warning for wind in place for South West England for tomorrow:

saying that:

Winds are already strong in many places though Sunday. However, west to southwesterly winds are expected to increase further during Monday. Inland gusts of 40-45 mph are possible, whilst gusts may exceed 50 mph along the north coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset

Not only that but they've also just published a blog post which shows that the summer of 2015 thus far hasn't been too bad for rain in this neck of the woods:

However the article also points out that:

Over January to June 2015 the pressure has been lower than normal to the north of Scotland but higher than normal to the south-west, resulting in a predominant westerly airflow over the UK, meaning that our weather has often been windy. Although during 2015 there have been some periods of high pressure, for example during March and early April, they have been relatively infrequent, particularly from May onwards.

Despite the recent increasingly inclement conditions our Environment Agency flood widget currently shows no warnings. However please also take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage interactive map for South West England:

There are currently "short term pollution incidents" reported for lots of beaches across the South West peninsula, including some of our regular haunts including Woolacombe and Bude Summerleaze. Be careful out there just at the moment!

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July 28, 2015

Jim @ 6:43 am

The BBC reports today that "Raw sewage 'discharged at 40 beaches in Cornwall and Devon'"

Raw sewage polluted 40 south west beaches at the weekend because of water company systems failing, environmental campaigners have claimed.

The charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) said heavy rain caused untreated sewage to be discharged into the sea through many combined sewer overflows.

Steve England, editor of surf magazine Carve, said South West Water's systems "aren't coping".

The company said it had made big improvements to bathing water quality.

Andy Cummins from SAS said there had been more incidents in Cornwall and Devon over the weekend than there had been for the previous 10 weeks, including at Croyde, Perranporth and Newquay's Fistral beach.

"The system is at breaking point," he said.

"If there is no rain it should be fine… however as soon as we do get some rain we are seeing these sewer overflows discharge".

Mr England, from St Agnes in Cornwall, said he was shocked on Sunday, and urged the water company to "get its act together."

"I had to take the decision not to go surfing. I could not take my daughter or son in the sea in the knowledge that South West Water had been discharging raw sewage to my local beach," he said.

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