Local five-day weather forecasts are available for around 7000 locations around the UK, covering population centres, sporting venues and tourist attractions.
Use the Met Office weather page to find your local five-day weather forecast.
Enter your town, city, region, first half of a UK postcode or mountain area into the search box. You will then be given the option to choose from a range of locations near you. Alternatively, you can view the five day forecasts in map form. Severe weather warnings are also available out to five days. Five-day weather forecasts include forecast information on the following time-scales:
Nowcasts map the current weather and then use an estimate of its speed and direction of movement to forecast the weather for short periods ahead - assuming the weather will move without significant changes.
At the Met Office, nowcasting is combined with the latest high resolution model output to form a detailed forecast out to six hours. This forecast is updated every hour.
Short-range weather forecasts cover periods from just a few hours ahead (from the nowcasting time-scale) up to about three days ahead.
Short-range forecasts provided by the Met Office are extremely accurate and are updated several times a day.
Medium-range weather forecasts cover anything from around three to 10 days ahead.
Five-day weather forecasts cover the first part of the medium-range forecast period.
The UK medium-range outlook is covered in the five-day location and map-based forecasts as well as the forecaster written forecasts.
The regional 3-5 day text forecasts provide a general picture of the weather on a day-by-day basis, with the main regional variations identified. The Met Office has a good track record in advising on any significant risk of severe weather in this period.
Last updated: 28 March 2014