Weather Forecasts

 

Internet

Some useful links for weather and tide information:

Weather Information
www.xcweather.co.uk
www.eurometeo.com/english/home
www.bbc.co.uk/weather
www.met.ie
www.metoffice.gov.uk
www.windfinder.com

Tide information
www.ntslf.org/tides/predictions
easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide

 

BBC Radio 4 - The shipping forecast

Time (local) Band Coastal reports Inshore waters Inshore reports 7-day outlook
0048 All x x x  
0520 All x x   Sundays only
1201 LW        
1754 LW        

LW: 198kHz
MW: 603, 720, 756, 774, 1449 or 1485kHz
FM: 92.5-96.0 or 103.6-104.9MHz (94.8MHz in Channel Islands)

The shipping forecast follows a clearly defined format:

  • summary of gale warnings in force
  • synopsis of weather patterns
  • 24-hour forecast for each of 30 sea areas, including wind direction and strength, weather and visibility.

Reports from coastal stations give details of actual weather.
Inshore waters forecasts cover waters up to 12 miles offshore.

Radio forecasts in Ireland
RTE Radio 1 on MW 567kHz and 729kHz and FM 88-90MHz
at 0602, 1253, 1655, 2355 (all local times).

The evening forecast times may vary at weekends so make sure you check.

 

Coastguard

Centre Inshore (4-hourly from) Shipping forecast (12-hourly from)
Swansea 0005 0805
Thames 0010 0810
Clyde 0020 0820
Yarmouth 0040 0840
Solent 0040 0840
Brixham 0050 0850
Dover 0105 0905
Shetland 0105 0905
Stornoway 0110 0910
Falmouth 0140 0940
Forth 0205 1005
Liverpool 0210 1010
Portland 0220 1020
Holyhead 0235 0635
Belfast 0305 0705
Aberdeen 0320 0720
Milford Haven 0335 0735
Humber 0340 0740

Forecasts may be broadcast on VHF Channels 10, 23, 73, 84 or 86, and exceptionally on Channel 67, after an initial announcement on Channel 16. Times are in UT (GMT).

Irish Coast Guard
Announced on VHF Ch16 followed by transmission on working channels at 0103, 0403, 0703, 1003, 1303, 1603, 1903, 2203 (all local times).

 

Navtex

Navtex provides written weather forecasts (in English) around most of the world's coastal waters and up to 300 miles offshore. The service is free but requires a special Navtex receiver that is available from yacht chandlers/marine electronics dealers.

Phone and Fax (Irish Waters)

Weatherdial: 1550 123 855
Weatherfax: 1570 131 838