The Met Office web site provides:
At present the BBC Weather: Coast and Sea web site provides the Met Office forecasts and can be used to obtain a printable forecast for our area: Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis. It also has 6 hourly forecast for The Solent and Christchurch Bay.
Present 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.
For 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.
Weather 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. Stations are manned during daylight hours.
Bramblemet weather station can be seen on a post in the middle of Bramble Bank. Due to a yacht colliding with the post (it happens!), the station was not working during late 2015/early 2016. As of April 2016 the sensors have been replaced and the Bramble Met Post data is representative for conditions in the central Solent.
For conditions near the entrance to Southampton Water use the Calshot Spit Light Float Weather Station . Situated at the end of Calshot Spit the data show present conditions and how they have been changing for up to the last 48 hours. However the data are set to shore via a satellite link and sometimes reports are missing. Always check the time of the last report (which is shown in GMT).
Other weather stations in the Solent area include Hill Head Sailing Club, Hurst Castle ( where there is also a webcam), Yarmouth Pier, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Starting Platform, and Lymington Yacht Haven. An alternative display format for the met data from Hurst, the Starting Platform, and the Yacht Haven is available on the Lymington Yacht Haven web site. Since these locations are onshore or close to it, the observations may not represent conditions over the open water.
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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