Paddleboarding is heavily reliant on conditions – especially wind (strength and direction) and current (tide at the coast or flow on the river) can have a huge effect on the quality and safety of your session. Plus of course temperature, sunshine and rainfall will influence what you choose to wear! Therefore it’s very important that before you go out, you know what the weather’s doing … and what it’s likely to do next.
The various weather sites and services will often be driven by different forecasting models, so you’re always best to look at a couple of sources to see the range of predictions. And remember, weather forecasting is essentially based on probabilities – so while you should always know what to expect, there’s no guarantee of exactly what you’re going to get. You can learn more about weather in our SUP lessons.
Below are some of our favourite free weather resources for SUP in South Essex, centred around Leigh-on-Sea / Chalkwell on the Thames Estuary and Boreham / Papermill Lock on the River Chelmer… Just click the images and text links for external websites, plus iOS / Android apps where available.