A FLOOD warning for Swanage has been issued, with people being urged to stay away from large waves.

The Environment Agency says sea spray overtopping is forecast at Swanage as a result of spring tides and strong winds.

An alert is in place for high tide on Tuesday at 9.15am, with the forecast tide level at 1.08metres. The second high water will be at 9.45pm.

The wind strength will be force 6.

A spokesperson said: "Flooding to local roads is possible at these times, however conditions may apply one to two hours either side of the high tide.

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for Swanage Bay We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please stay away from large waves as they are dangerous."

It comes as temporary wave barriers have been deployed at three locations in Swanage this month, in a bid to prevent flooding in the Victorian seaside town

The seasonal defences have been put in place by the Environment Agency, and come as longer-term plans to improve permanent flood defences took a significant step forward this month.