Breaking: People warned to not swim at Exmouth beach (or Budleigh Salterton)

The Environment Agency has advised against swimming at four popular Devon beaches today. There is understood to be a risk of pollution following thunderstorms in the area this week.

Mary Stenson www.devonlive.com

Beautiful views across Exmouth beach

Beautiful views across Exmouth beach (Image: Devon Live)

Four beaches on Devon’s south coast have warnings in place, advising people not to swim. Budleigh Salterton beach, Exmouth beach, Paignton Sands and Goodrington Sands are the areas that swimmers are being told to avoid.

The major concern at all four beaches is pollution as a result of heavy rain in Devon, with a yellow thunderstorm alert having been issued by the Met Office for today. However, there are also concerns over the impact the storm could have on the tides, particularly at Paignton Sands.

Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth beaches both received ‘Excellent’ bathing water quality based on water samples taken from 2017 to 2021, with Paignton Sands and Goodrington Sands having been ranked as ‘Good’. Today’s pollution risk warnings are only believed to be in place temporarily during the storms.

The yellow thunderstorm alert will remain in place for the rest of today and tomorrow. Parts of Devon have already seen flash flooding, lightning and thunder over the last two days.

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