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Weather data

Historic weather data

Free historical and long term data suitable for educational use.  


Past weather data for students

Weather data is a valuable resource and we provide a range of data free of charge to allow the completion of educational projects.

The Met Office supplies a limited amount of weather data free of charge to students and teachers as part of our education service. This data must only be used for academic work and you will be required to read and accept our Research Licence Terms and Conditions before you submit your request.

Data is available in monthly, daily and hourly format. The files will usually be delivered by e-mail, as a Microsoft Excel 2003 attachment and are updated by the 21st of each month with the latest data.

The amount of data you can receive is limited to no more than six data files from the stations listed. If you require data beyond the six free data files, or from stations other than those listed below, or for any other period, it may be available but a charge will be made.

Paid data is subject to a minimum charge of £150 + VAT. (Note, invoices can only be raised for orders over £250).


Free data
The following headings give examples of what data can be ordered for free.

Monthly data (maximum of six years of data in any request)
Example 1. July, August and September for 2002 and 2003 for one station
Example 2. October for 2001-2006 for one station
Example 3. May and June for 2001 for three stations
Example 4. July for 2002 for six stations

Daily data (maximum of six months of data in any request)
Example 1. October, November and December for 2002 and 2005 for one station
Example 2. July for 2001-2006 for one station
Example 3. July and August for 2001 for three stations
Example 4. February for 2002 for six stations

Hourly data (maximum of six days in any request)
Example 1. 1-6 February 2005 for one station
Example 2. 29 May for 2001-2006 for one station
Example 3. 1 July and 1 August for 2001 for three stations
Example 4. 20 June for 2002 for six stations

Combination of monthly, daily and/or hourly data (maximum of six files in any request)
Combination of monthly, daily and/or hourly data (maximum of six files in any request)

Example 1.

  • Hourly data for 1 June 2006 for one station = 1 file
  • Hourly data for 1 July 2006 for one station = 1 file
  • Monthly data for August 2006 for one station = 1 file
  • Yearly data for 2004, 2005 and 2006 for one station = 3 files
  • Total of 6 requested files

Example 2.

  • Hourly data for 1-3 June 2002 for one station = 3 files
  • Monthly data for June, July and August 2002 for one station = 3 files
  • Total of 6 requested files

Example 3.

  • Monthly data for January and July 2001 for one station = 2 files
  • Yearly data for 2002 and 2003 for two stations = 4 files
  • Total of 6 requested files

Example 4.

  • Hourly data for 1 December 2003 for two stations = 2 files
  • Yearly data for 2003 for two stations = 2 files
  • Total of 4 requested files