Area: 570 sq km
Despite what its name may suggest, the New Forest dates to the end of the Ice Age, some 12,000 years ago. More recently, the area has come to the fore as being something of a pasture-land haven for residents of the somewhat heavily-populated south east of England.
Alongside the Royal Forest (which was declared as such by William I in 1079), visitors can spot deer, woodlarks, mole crickets and – of course – the ponies that it shares a name with.
As well as providing a visually remarkable and historical landscape, the ecological value of the New Forest is enhanced by the relatively large areas of lowland habitat. This area contains an abundance of rare wildlife including the New Forest Cicadetta Montana, the only cicada native to Great Britain. The New Forest pony is one of the indigenous horse breeds of the British Isles, and is one of the New Forest's most famous attractions. Visitors and local residents participate in many activities including walking, cycling, horse riding and golf.
The New Forest National Park weather page provides a 5 day weather forecast for many places within the Park and the surrounding area, featuring 3 hourly updates on weather conditions for rainfall, temperature, wind speed and wind direction.
Weather Warnings and alerts for the New Forest National Park are also displayed during periods of severe weather from the 5 day weather forecast available for each location by clicking on a marker on the map. We warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through our National Severe Weather Warning Service. Weather warnings are displayed for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. For more information please view our weather warnings guide page.
Weather hazards over 300m
Sorry, forecast is available in English only.
|Blizzards||Heavy snow||Storm force winds|
|Gales||Severe chill effect||Persistent hill fog|
|Thunderstorms||Heavy persistent rain||Strong sunlight|