Help understanding the forecasts
There are four sets of forecasts/warnings:
The panel opposite has details of how to view the forecasts.
wind force scale
The Beaufort scale, which is used in Met Office marine
forecasts, is an empirical measure for describing wind intensity
based on observed sea conditions. The scale runs from force
0 (calm) to force 12 (Hurricane).
of terms used
Marine forecasts contain a number of terms which are used
to convey specific meanings.
BBC Radio 4 broadcasts weather bulletins daily on FM
and long wave.
How to view the forecasts
This example shows the shipping forecast/gale warnings page. The notes below apply to all four
A clickable map is used to display
warnings. Areas of the map are coloured red when warnings
are in force. Selecting an area on the map will display
the forecast for that area in the table
to the right of the map (2). The clickable map may not
display on hand-held devices.
Forecasts/warnings in force are shown
in the table. All areas are displayed when first loading
the page. You can choose to select any individual area
for display. Areas can be selected using the drop down box and clicking
There is a printable view which contains
the whole forecast (grouped conventionally).
This can be added to favourites / bookmarked
and is recommended for use on hand-held devices
for speed of download.
The updated time refers to the
time when a new forecast has been issued.
The help buttons link to the guide (this page) and a key to the forecast areas:
Shipping forecast key
Inshore waters forecast key
High seas forecast key