With the Met Office Desktop Widget you can have the latest forecasts, warnings and observations on your desktop, what ever you are doing.
As the UK's national meteorological service, the Met Office provides accurate and reliable weather forecasts on TV, radio and online. With the Met Office Desktop Widget you can have the latest forecasts, warnings and observations on your desktop, what ever you are doing.
In the daily view the weather symbol is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Desktop Widget is displayed. In the three hourly view it is representative of the time displayed. A description of each symbol is available by hovering the mouse over them or see the key to weather symbols.
In the daily view this is a representative value for day or night, depending on when the Desktop Widget is viewed. In the three hourly view it is representative of the time shown. To change the units which are displayed, go to 'Options'.
In the daily view these are representative values for day or night, depending on when the Desktop Widget is viewed. In the three hourly view these are representative of the time displayed. To change the units which are displayed, go to 'Options'.
In the daily view this is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Desktop Widget is displayed. In the three hourly view this is representative of the time shown. It takes into account wind speed to give a more representative indication of how the temperature will feel. For example if the temperature is 0 °C it will feel much colder with a wind speed of 25 than with a wind speed of 10. To change the units which are displayed, go to 'Options'.
In the daily view this is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Desktop Widget is displayed. In the three hourly view this is representative of the time shown. Hovering the mouse over the symbol will give a description. These descriptions refer only to the UV levels and should be considered along with the other elements e.g. UV of 1 may be 'safe to stay outside', but temperatures may not make this safe to do.
This displays the forecast temperature map for the local area and is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Desktop Widget is displayed. A key to the colours used is provided below.
Temperature in degrees Celsius
This displays the forecast rainfall map for the local area for the next available forecast period. The forecast is valid for the time shown. A key to the colours used is provided below.
Rainfall in millimetres per hour
This displays the forecast pressure chart for the local area for the next available forecast period. The forecast is valid for the time shown.
Warnings are displayed in three ways on the Desktop Widget.
1. A quick view of warning status and type is displayed in the top right corner. This highlights the highest coloured warning in force anywhere in the UK for each of the five types of warning (Rain, Wind, Snow, Ice or Fog).
2. Via the warnings tab - clicking on this will give a summary of all the warnings in force within the UK, including the warning type and validity times. Clicking on a warning will take you to the main warnings page on the Met Office website where you can view the full detail of the warnings.
3. If warnings are in force, the icon in the system tray will change to a warning triangle coloured according to the highest severity warning which is in force. Clicking the warning triangle will open up the warnings tab.
The observations tab displays the last two days observations for the nearest observing site to your chosen forecast location. The following elements are included:
To change the units which are displayed, go to 'Options'.
The Desktop Widget contains a news section which will be updated from time to time with content which you might find of interest. To view the news section, click on the speech bubble icon in the top right hand corner of the Desktop Widget. When an update to news is available, this will be indicated by the news icon turning green.
The User Interface or UI icons allow for quick access to the various tools and features of the Desktop Widget;
The icons in the system tray or dock show the status of the application and whether any warnings are in force.
|The app is working and no warnings are in force.|
|Yellow level warning(s) in force within the UK.|
|Amber level warning(s) in force within the UK.|
|Red level warning(s) in force within the UK.|
|An update to the app is available|
|The app is running but is not receiving any data - check your network connection.|
Why have you replaced the weather gadgets with the Desktop Widget?
The previous weather gadgets each only operated on a single platform or browser and included differing data. The Desktop Widget works on a wide range of operating systems and gives a consistent set of data and presentation. It brings our desktop offering in line with our other delivery platforms such as mobile and the Weather Widget.
Why doesn't the Desktop Widget include the same content as the weather gadgets?
The Desktop Widget includes the same content as our other delivery methods such as the Weather Widget, Mobile and Smarter Weather. This is the key content which has been requested by our users. We will monitor feedback on the Desktop Widget and review this to see if additional content should be added in the future. You can continue to use our web site for our full range of data.
Why is the observation data not for my forecast location?
Forecast information is available for approximately 5,000 sites around the UK, while there are significantly fewer observing sites. The Desktop Widget will display the data for the nearest observing site to your chosen forecast location, in some cases this may be some distance away.
Why have you stopped supporting the Desktop Widget on Linux?
The Desktop Widget runs on the Adobe Air runtime environment, which Adobe have discontinued support for Linux beyond Air version 2.6. For more information please consult the FAQ on the Adobe Air website.
Before contacting the Met Office regarding a technical issue please check the troubleshooting guide below.
Check you have the latest version of Adobe Air and the Desktop Widget.
Please see the Downloading and installing (link to other page) section to download and install the latest versions.
Occasionally the weather or maps information is not available.
This happens when the data which the Desktop Widget uses is being updated or the Desktop Widget could not successfully get the latest weather data.
Please click the refresh button, if this does not work, please wait a few minutes before clicking it again.
Uninstalling the Desktop Widget on Windows.
Uninstalling the Desktop Widget on Mac.
I keep getting the message "no network connection available" when I try to use the Desktop Widget.
This error message is showed because the Desktop Widget cannot find a connection to the internet. There are many user configurable programs which can interfere with the Desktop Widget.
If the widget still cannot connect then it is likely that it is being blocked by a Firewall or other security program.
When installing or upgrading the Desktop Widget I get the following error.
This error is showed when a user attempts to install or upgrade the Desktop Widget without administrator privileges. To avoid this message please make sure you have administrator privileges before attempting to install or upgrade.
If you have any questions or comments about the service, or you are experiencing any problems, please contact us.
To help us identify any problems you may have, please supply us with some basic information about your system. You can do this by clicking on the about icon on the top right of the Widget. Please provide all the information included in the 'About' window when you contact us.
Last updated: 28 March 2013