Guide to marine forecasts

Ship in stormy seas

The guides below will provide you with a description of what you will see on the marine weather pages, with details of how to view or change your view of the content.

The Met Office provides a wide range of marine forecasts and warnings.

This guide will help you to understand the forecasts and warnings we provide.

There are four sets of forecasts and warnings:

How to view the forecasts

The example below shows the shipping forecasts and gale warnings page but the information applies to all four marine forecast pages.

Marine forecasts

Bullet 1 The tabs at the top of the forecast map will allow you to navigate between the marine forecasts and maps and the surface pressure charts

Bullet 2 A clickable map is used to display the warnings. Areas of the map are coloured red when a warning is in force. Selecting an area on the map will display the forecast for that area in the table to the right of the map.

Bullet 3 You can choose to select any individual area for display. Areas and type of forecast can be selected using the drop down boxes.

Bullet 4 The details of the forecast or warning for your selected area will appear here.

Bullet 5 Toggle between the type of forecasts you wish to display by using these buttons.

Bullet 6 There is a printable view which contains the forecast for all areas.

Bullet 7 The updated time refers to the time when a new forecast has been issued.

Last updated: 22 April 2014