Weather Forecasts and Observations

Met Office logoExample of surface pressure chart

Weather Forecasts

The Met Office web site provides: 

MO rain radar screenPresent conditions over UK

Where it is raining and how the rain areas are moving can be seen on the Met Office Observations Maps . The rainfall can be overlaid on satellite images (see examples) helping to determine whether a weather front or thunderstorm is approaching.

XCweather screenFor the latest observations of winds and pressures other web sites such as XCWeather  show more observations. Present weather at a chosen position can be displayed and forecasts (obtained from US sources) are available for the next few hours and up to a week in advance.

photo of Bramble Met PostWeather in the Solent

Present Weather Conditions at local NCI Stations can be obtained by calling the Station on VHF channel 65 or by telephone. VHF call signs and phone numbers are: Calshot NCI 023-8089-3562; Gosport NCI 023-9276-5194; Lee NCI 023-9255-6758; Needles NCI 019-8375-4231; Stone Point NCI 07763 645433. Stations are manned during daylight hours. If you have been unable to obtain the latest Inshore Weather Forecast from the Coastguard or elsewhere, you can call an NCI station on VHF channel 65 and request it.

Bramblemet weather station  can be seen on a post in the middle of Bramble Bank.and the data is representative for conditions in the central Solent. Close to the southern end of Southampton Water, weather data is presently available from the Calshot Spit Light Float The Royal Lymington Yacht Club Starting Platform is a source of weather data in the western Solent.

Other weather stations in the Solent area include Calshot Activities CentreHill Head Sailing Club, Hurst Castle, Yarmouth Pier, and Lymington Yacht Haven.   However remember that, since these locations are onshore or close to it, the observations may not represent conditions over the open water. In particular wind speed and direction may be affected by neardy buildings and obstructions.

N.B. NCI is not responsible for and cannot vouch for the accuracy or availability of the data sources and forecasts linked to from this web site.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

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