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Six-metre waves hit the Costa del Sol

Waves at the Balneario in Malaga on Tuesday afternoon.
Waves at the Balneario in Malaga on Tuesday afternoon. / SUR
  • The amber warning for rough seas remains in place until Wednesday evening

Waves of up to six metres in height were measured early on Wednesday morning in Malaga port, as rough seas battered the Costa del Sol throughout the night.

An amber warning was issued on Tuesday for the first major sea storm to affect the Costa del Sol this year. From 4pm on Tuesday until 6pm on Wednesday it was s predicted that waves could reach up to six metres in height and that beaches could be seriously damaged, just 20 days from the start of the Easter holiday period.

The wave height for Tuesday night given by the authorities to assess the sea's destructive capacity was four metres.

The company Trasmediterránea cancelled the ferry services from Malaga and Almeria to Melilla on Tuesday.

The Spanish weather centre Aemet foresees strong winds of force 7 to 8 and extremely high waves which will affect the beaches along the entire coastline of the province of Malaga.

Nevertheless a yellow warning was in place earlier on Tuesday for waves up to three metres, but by mid-morning the sea was still relatively calm.