THE coastguard has asked people to take extra care by the sea this weekend, as high tides, large sea swells and extra large waves are expected.

Although this week’s earlier storm weather warnings have been downgraded, HM Coastguard’s Tago Mcleod says people should not relax and keep on safety alert while on the coast.

"The winds are still going to be strong and the mix of wind, bigger than usual tidal swells and large, unpredictable waves can very easily catch people out, he said. "It is human nature to relax a little more when storm warnings have been downgraded but the real risks still remain.

"This is why we’re asking everyone to take extra care and keep well away from breaking waves, piers and jetties and keep well back from cliff edges this weekend."