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Useful Tools for
River Conditions:

Email Alerts

Even though the EA stopped providing Thames conditions' email alerts, you can still receive notification of changes to your selected stretch or stretches of river.

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Siri for current conditions

Owners of Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, HomePod) can set up a 'shortcut' and then ask Siri to speak the current conditions for a selected stretch or stretches of river.

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Conditions by phone

If you are away from any connected (on-line) device you can hear spoken conditions for selected stretches of the River Thames from a simple phone call

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Email Alerts

You can sign-up to receive email alerts whenever the conditions on a particular stretch or stretches of the non-tidal Thames change

The alerts are provided by IFTTT who monitor the Environmental Agency RSS feed and generate emails whenever the conditions change

The stretches are linked to locks and typically, users sign up for the locks upstream and downstream of their mooring (you can sign up for as many stretches as you wish)

To receive the alerts you must sign up to the free IFTTT service - this will be offered the first time you try to subscribe (you can unsubscribe at any time by logging in to your free IFTTT account and following the instructions)

Subscribe to Conditions' Alerts

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'Hey, Siri'

Owners of Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, HomePod) can just say:

'Hey, Siri, River Conditions'

and have Siri read out the current condition for a given section of non-tidal Thames (a section being between any two adjacent locks). To do this you simply need to install the relevant Apple 'Shortcut' onto any iOS device; once installed on an iPhone or iPad the Shortcut is available on all iOS devices signed in to the same Apple Id.

Although free for iOS devices Shortcuts is not installed by default so you need to download it from the Apple app store

To download a River Conditions shortcut, follow this link from an iOS device and the shortcut will be installed.

This downloaded shortcut will give live conditions for the river stretch Marsh Lock to Hambleden Lock (where the author’s boat is moored) but you can easily edit the shortcut to check any desired stretch (note: you must use two adjacent locks with the upstream lock first); once changed you can store a phrase that will activate Siri (such as 'River Conditions' and/or put a shortcut to the Shortcut in the iOS widget area (see iPhone screen-grab below).

River Thames Guide

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Conditions by phone

If you do not have an Internet connection, you can hear EA spoken conditions' info:

call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 and select Option 1 for river information for boaters

- when prompted enter the relevant quick dial number:

  • 415000 - upstream of St John's Lock to Radcot Lock
  • 415001 - Rushey to Godstow Lock
  • 415002 - Osney to Iffley Lock
  • 415003 - Sandford to Clifton Lock
  • 415004 - Day's to Mapledurham Lock
  • 415005 - Caversham to Shiplake Lock
  • 415006 - Marsh to Boveney Lock
  • 415007 - Romney to Bell Weir Lock
  • 415008 - Penton Hook to Chertsey Lock
  • 415009 - Shepperton to Teddington Lock
  • 415010 - River Kennet upstream of Blake's Lock

River Thames Guide

What the boards mean

Non-tidal Thames