The RYA has been notified that in order to accommodate election coverage, the Shipping Forecast will TX on Radio 4 LW only on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. 

Did you know?

The shipping forecast is the longest continuous weather forecast ever made and has been a public service since 1867 when it was used to warn of storms. The warnings were first issued using the electric telegraph until radio became available. Storm warnings were sent over the telegraph wires to harbours, where signals were hoisted to warn ships at sea.

When the BBC was formed in the 1920s, the maritime forecast became a fixture of the daily wireless programme where it would remain with occasional modifications and a break during the war when the broadcast was discontinued for fear it would help the enemy. The forecast was still made, however, and disseminated to the Royal Navy.

Reliable source of information

Though today’s seafarers have access to many more sources of meteorological data, many radio listeners use the shipping forecast for its general synopsis and sea-area forecasts of wind direction and force, weather and visibility.

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.  For more information visit: