THE RNLI have urged people to "exercise extreme caution" when visiting beaches, cliffs and shorelines this weekend.

Brighton's RNLI team have issued a warnings for residents and tourists visiting the city as Storm Arwen hits.

In a tweet the organisation said: "We are urging people to take extra care over the coming days in #Brighton as strong winds and large seas are expected during #StormArwen.

"Exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers."

The storm is expected to hit later today and has caused an amber weather warning to be issued across Scotland and the north east, coastal areas may also be affected.

A yellow warning has been set for other parts of the country, including Crawley, as the Met Office say there is a small chance of snow tomorrow morning.

The RNLI added: "If you think someone is in danger, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

"If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass."

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