The combination of high tide and large waves whipped-up by Storm Callum provided a wet – and potentially lethal – reception for intrepid visitors to Penarth Esplanade this morning.
A big high tide of 12.43 metres was due at o9.45 and brought in large amounts of seaweed.
Bundles of seaweed were floating on the surface of the sea at one moment and seconds later were scattered across the main road and the promenade
Most visitors like to throw stones into the sea on summer visits to Penarth. This morning the sea was busy throwing them back .
The waves proved powerful enough to pick up pebbles from the beach and hurl them several yards onto the road and the promenade.
Luckily – in the driving rain – there were relatively few people walking along the Esplanade and no one got caught in the rain of pebbles, flotsam and seawater .
Most weather-watchers had wisely decided to sit out the storm and watch the action from the comfort of their cars or over a cup of coffee in one of the various cafes.