THE RNLI is urging people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits.

The lifesaving charity is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather makes seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.

Extreme caution should be exercised if visiting the shorelines and along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

Storm Brendan, named by Met Eirean, is bringing with it wet and windy conditions.

There is a yellow weather warning for wind in force for Rhyl and Denbigh from 12pm on Tuesday, January 14 until 11.59pm.

The yellow weather warning is in force for Conwy today (Monday) as well as tomorrow. It is in place from 10am until 11.59pm and then on Tuesday, 12pm until 11.59pm.

The weather warnings also affect Anglesey.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said: "This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents."

Anyone who spies a person in danger in the water should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Those that have access to something that floats can be thrown into the water to help the person and will act as something to hold on to.

People have been warned to not go into the water themselves.

"Too many people drown trying to save others", said a spokesperson from the RNLI.