The weather around the British Isles is as you already know very changeable so here’s some information to guide you. There’s nothing worse than driving miles to your favourite launch just to see pea soup fog, maybe ‘white tops’ or the sea churned up full of surf when the forecast said otherwise!

Staying safe out there on the sea requires knowledge and that is why this site was put up originally. Learning all about the wind and tides could save your life so please take the time to learn them.

Check two or three weather forecast sites hourly leading up to a planned trip as it can prove REALLY vital at times! Also check with paddle buddies to see what they think too as if you both check one forecast each and decide to go and it changes two days are ruined not just one and possibly more!


The cloud formation above is called ‘Nimbus’ and is what most of us will see during summer when we paddle out. These are frequent in changeable weather. A mid level cloud formation that can obscure the sun to protect you from the sun but also throws up the odd rain shower to keep your wits about you. You may see clouds on the upper tier if you see these clouds and they could be flying along in totally the opposite direction (wind at hight altitude like the gulf stream) which rarely affects us most times.

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Cumulonimbus are our worst enemy out at sea. If a nimbus formation develops into these by building highly up into the sky and developing quickly, reel in, pack up and head for land as they’re storm clouds and you’re about to be drenched within 10 minutes or suffer a thunder storm and then get drenched. If you see these whilst planning a trip out I’d seriously think again!

Cirrus – Mayors Tails

Mayors Tails are created when the wind catches Cirrus cloud formations and push them to spread across forming long, curled strips hence their name. If your out there a mile or so at sea and see these on the horizon, there’s a very good chance the winds about to pick up and in turn chop up the sea making it uncomfortable and/or risky to fish so see what others say and make a plan to head in if it hits as it could blow over or go in another direction leaving you in peace but usually there’s a weather front that stands out making it easier to read.

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