UK forecast guide

We provide a wide range of forecasts to help you make informed decisions about your day to day activities.

All basic UK forecast information is gathered together on the UK forecast page. Forecasts are provided for regions e.g. South West England, around 7000 specific locations e.g. Exeter or as UK maps.

Tabs across the top highlight the different formats of information which are available:

Simply click on one of the tabs to display the forecast in that format.

Five day table view

UK Forecast 5 day Five day table view

The five day forecast table provides a detailed view of the weather for the days ahead at your chosen location. There are around 7000 sites to choose from and forecasts are provided in hourly time steps for the first two days and then in three hourly time steps for days three to five. Forecasts include weather, temperature, wind speed and direction, UV and feels like temperature.

Use the tabs above the table to display the forecast for that day. The tabs also give an overview summary of the weather for that day.

Take a look at the guide to changing your forecast location.  

You can use the 'customise the site' tab at the bottom of the page to choose which units are used on your forecast display e.g. Celsius or Fahrenheit for temperature. Additionally, you can select 'Options' to drag and drop columns or close them completely to modify the layout of the table and ensure you only see the information in which you are interested.

For more information on the symbols used in the five day forecast please see our more detailed key.

Map view

UK Forecast map Map view

The map view allows you to view both location specific and mapped forecasts for the UK. Forecasts include weather, temperature, wind speed and direction, UV and feels like temperature as well as rainfall and cloud cover.

To display your chosen forecast, select one of the options from the map menu on the right. A key to the forecast layer is provided below the timeline if appropriate, you can also use our more detailed key

You can pan and zoom around the map using the controls in the top left of the map or by using your mouse to click and drag the map and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Zooming in on a location will display additional location forecasts in that area.

To view the forecast for a particular time, click on the appropriate section of the time bar below the map. You can also animate your forecast using the play button. The timeline will vary depending on what forecast information is available for your chosen weather element. The time for which the forecast is valid is shown to the left of both the time bar and the map menu.


UK Forecast timeline Timeline

The Timeline provides an alternative graphical representation of the five day forecast for a location. Forecasts for around 7000 UK locations can be viewed in this way. For each location we provide  three hourly forecasts of weather, temperature, wind speed and direction and feels like temperature.

To display the forecast for a particular day you can select one of the tabs above the table. Alternatively click and drag the Timeline to move through the time period. You can hover over the graph to view a text description of the forecast for that time period.

Take a look at the guide to changing your forecast location

See our detailed key for more about the information and symbols included on the timeline.

Temperature range

UK Forecast temp range Temperature range

The temperature range forecast is a relatively new and alternative way of displaying forecast information. Five day forecasts of maximum and minimum temperature for around 7000 UK locations can be viewed in this way.

You can choose to view either maximum or minimum temperature by clicking on the appropriate tab.

The columns show the possible range of either maximum or minimum temperature, with the highest and lowest possible values shown. The green bar shows what we think is the most likely temperature. In the example below we expect the maximum temperature to be 13°C but it is possible that it could be as high as 16 °C or as low as 11 °C.

UK Forecast temp range example

Temperatures will fall within the indicated range roughly 9 times out of 10. There may be variations between this product and the five day forecast.

Please use the following guide on how to change your forecast location. 

Text forecast

UK Forecast text Text forecast

Text forecasts are provided for the UK along with six regional forecasts within Scotland, eight regional forecasts within England and a forecast for both Wales and Northern Ireland.

A detailed forecast for the chosen location is provided for the first two days of the forecast, followed by an outlook for days three to five.

Beyond this the forecast is provided as an outlook for the UK out to 30 days ahead. This provides an indication of the main weather types and trends across the UK during the forecast period.

Click on one of the tabs to view the forecast for a particular time period.

Please note that regional forecast that is displayed is decided by the location you have selected in the change location. If you want to view the forecast for another region, change your location

Changing location

There are a number of ways to change your forecast location.

Using the search box to select a new location

To select a new location, enter a location (this could be a village, town or city) or a postcode into the search box and click on your chosen location. You can also search for world forecast locations by entering a location or world post/zip code. Select the appropriate location and your choice of forecast location from the list provided. To save a location as one of your favourites click on the star next to the location name. You can save up to five locations as favourites. Favourite locations can be found in the drop down list next to the search box.

change location

You can move between the weather forecast, nearest observation site and climate for the location by clicking on the arrow next to the forecast location name and selecting either forecast, observations or climate.

Using 'find my location'

For web browsers that have geolocation capabilities, you can also use the 'find my location' button to automatically determine your location.

More information on how your web browser can use geolocation:

Last updated: 1 April 2014