Don’t forget, the Daily Marine Forecast is available for you now

Last year we shared some exciting news with you about being able to opt-in and register to receive the Met Office Daily Marine Forecast.
A lifeguard holding a red and yellow flag

Photo: Nigel Millard

The option for signing up to it is open again this year, and so far 186 people have signed up to receive it. If you’d like to get the forecast too, then please follow the steps below – please note that if you signed up last year, you’ll need to re-register.

If you have already signed up to receive the forecast, it would be really helpful if you could take 15 minutes to give us some feedback using this form and send it to Madeleine_Spark@rnli.org.uk. This feedback will help us to improve the forecast for next year and understand how useful it is for you.

What is the forecast?

The Daily Marine Forecast has been developed through a continuing partnership between the RNLI’s Operation Research Unit, Plymouth University and the Met Office.

This forecast is produced specifically with lifeguard supervisors and lifeguards in mind, to provide all the daily weather and marine information they need to know for their day-to-day operational planning. The report contains elements such as the weather, tide, UV levels, rip current hazard levels and near shore breaking wave forecast in one place, for every beach that our lifeguards are responsible for.

How to sign up

If you’d like to sign up to receive the forecast for beaches near you, please register using this link: https://register.metoffice.gov.uk/WaveRegistrationClient/public/register.do?service=bswm.  

Please note that you will need to open the link in Google Chrome as the link doesn’t work correctly in Internet Explorer. (Step-by-step instructions on how to do this can be found here.)

After signing up, you’ll receive the forecast as a PDF by email each morning before 9am. Please note that it is a predictive tool and we are continually working to improve its accuracy.

When registering...

Please remember to use Google Chrome throughout the registration process.

To register, please copy the URL above and paste it into Google Chrome. Once you’ve completed the registration, an email will be sent to the registered email address for confirmation with a link for you to click on. Please make sure that you then copy the link in into Google Chrome so that it opens correctly.

Updates in 2018

All registrations from last year have been deleted as part of system updates and to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force on 25 May 2018. All users will need to re-register again this year.

The good news is that you will be able to register using either your RNLI or non-RNLI email address. This is so that lifeguards or volunteers who may want to register themselves can receive the forecast, as they don’t have RNLI email addresses.

Further information

The user guide here provides information on:

  • How to sign up
  • How you get support and communicate any feedback
  • An overview of the PDF forecast
  • An explanation of each element of the forecast 
  • An appendix with some information on how these elements are calculated.

Please watch this video from the Met Office explaining the forecast and science behind it.

If you have any questions or have any issues when registering to receive the forecast, please contact Madeleine Spark on 01202 336334 or at madeleine_spark@rnli.org.uk.