Two flood warnings in place as Wales is battered by wet and windy weather …

You might be mistaken for thinking that it was actually November and not August – especially when you see these pictures from Porthcawl this morning.

Porthcawl seafront experienced a high tide of over 10 metres high on Tuesday as strong winds and lashing rain struck.

Two flood alerts were still in place this lunchtime in the Newport area as spring tides combined with bad weather cause concern for surrounding areas.

The large waves were forecast around the South Wales coastline – particularly in the Pembrokeshire coast, Gower, the Usk Estuary in Newport and the Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire – as the bad summer weather continues.

Natural Resources Wales has the alerts in place for the Usk Estuary in Newport.

Gale force winds hit ferry service

Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers travelling from North Wales on Tuesday morning had to be transferred from a ferry which was blown back on to its berth by gale force winds.

The Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift vessel, a fast service across the Irish Sea, was preparing to set off from Holyhead to Dublin before noon when heavy gusts pushed it back against the dock.

Some 650 people on board at the time had to be transferred to another service as a precaution.

No passengers were injured in the collision.

A spokesman for Irish Ferries said the aluminium hull ferry was since being inspected to assess damage to the body and replacement services will take passengers to Dublin during the day.

“Just as she was leaving the berth at Holyhead she was caught by a gust of wind and blown back in. She was only yards off the berth and the ropes had been loosened,” he said.

Irish Ferries cancelled three Swift services following the incident.

Drier and brighter weather on the way

Porthcawl seafront experienced a high tide of over 10 metres this Tuesday morning with strong winds and lashing rain

On Tuesday afternoon the weather is forecast to become drier and brighter across Wales, with it remaining rather windy around the coasts and hills.

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It should be largely dry through the evening, though soon clouding over again with further showery rain arriving from the southwest overnight. It’ll stay mild, and winds will slowly ease.

Tomorrow will be another changeable day with further rain or showers, heavy at times, and fresh winds, particularly near coasts and hills. There will be few drier, brighter intervals likely, and a maximum temperature of 20°C.

‘Fairly changeable conditions’

But the good news is that it is getting better as we head towards the weekend and into next week.

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Thursday will be a little brighter with showery rain soon clearing eastwards to leave sunny spells.

Friday and Saturday could be the best days of the weekend with warm, sunny spells and feeling much less breezy.

The Met Office is predicting a period of dry and settled weather after the first week of August.

A boy playing on the esplanade in Porthcawl with waves getting too close for comfort

Forecaster Nicky Maxey said: “For the start of August we’ve got some fairly changeable conditions.

“Then after that there are signs we are in for a period of dry and settled weather.

“You’re still looking at showery and breezy weather in between but looking more settled for the rest of August after that first week.”

Britain saw the hottest July day on record on July 1 when roads melted and rail services were cancelled with the mercury at 36.7C, but after that the weather went downhill and it has been a miserable start to the summer holidays for children in Wales.

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