Monster waves of San Sebastian

Some days, when it rains in the city of San Sebastian in the Basque Country in Spain, it doesn't just pour.

The sea itself churns into a cataclysm, spewing out waves that are about 10m high, like it did on Monday at the Paseo Nuevo promenade.

The coastal city has an oceanic climate and often sees steady rainfall throughout the year, especially in the winter months from December to February.

On Monday, winds were roaring at over 90kmh as the region braced itself for bad weather.

The rainfall, coupled with strong winds, can produce extremely violent storms.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2016, with the headline 'Monster waves of San Sebastian'. Print Edition | Subscribe