Weather Forecasts, Observations and Tide Times

Weather and tides for RIB users in and around the Solent

For any trip it is essential to have an up to date weather forecast and tide times. There are many sources of this information on the internet, some of the best are listed below.

Scorpion RIB powering through heavy seas

Weather Forecasts and Observations

There are hundreds of sources of weather forecasts and information available. There are three main types:

Summary weather forecasts

BBC 5 day weather forecast for Cowes

Latest Met Office shipping forecast and gale warnings for Wight

Latest Met Office inshore waters forecast and strong wind warnings for Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

3 day, 7 day and 8-14 day weather forecasts for Cowes by

Synoptic charts

6 day animated UK synoptic charts by the Met Office

3 to 10 day Atlantic synoptic charts by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

Atlantic synoptic charts by the University of Cologne

Actual or live weather observations

Live weather, sea state and tide conditions from:

Solent weather statistics for the last 12 months

Tide times

7 day tide times for Portsmouth from the National Tide and Sea Level Facility

7 day tide times for all UK ports from the Admiralty Easytide Predictor

Current Cowes Weather Forecast (BBC)