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.

Five day table

Forecast table Five day table

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.

Forecast table with all items expanded Expanded five day table

You can choose which units are used on your forecast display e.g. Celsius or Fahrenheit for temperature by clicking on 'Settings' tab at the top of the page. Additionally, you can see more information by clicking on the 'More Detail' box which will open all forecast element rows at once. However each element can be opened and closed independently by using the blue arrows on the right.

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

Beach forecasts

Beach forecast Beach forecast

If you choose to display a forecast for a beach location you will be presented with the usual five day forecast table along with some additional content specific to beach locations. This will include an indication of whether the wind will be on-shore or off-shore, offshore sea state and tide times for the nearest available port.

Please note that the beach information is still under development and is intended to give an indication only, it should not be used for safety critical decisions.

Weather Map

Weather map location Weather map location

Below the forecast table in the centre of the page you will find the weather map. You can click on the blue link below to open the newly designed, larger UK forecast map page centred on your already chosen forecast site, or you can pick a different forecast site directly from the map.

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.

Weather map Weather map

A key to the forecast layer is provided below the timeline if appropriate, you can also use our more detailed key

To display your chosen forecast, click on the 'Show' option in the bottom right corner of the weather map you are given a choice of 12 layers including rainfall radar, cloud cover, wind and UV. Clicking on hide layers you are then able to see the complete map. As before 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 at the bottom right of the map below the map menu.

Forecast Summary

Forecast summary Forecast summary

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.

Beneath the forecast timeline you will find the text forecast summary showing a detailed 'Regional forecast' for the area local to your chosen forecast site for the first two days, along with a UK forecast for the next 5 days and an outlook for the next 6-30 days. The outlook 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.

If you want to view the forecast for another region, change your location

Additional Information

Underneath the forecast table you will also find the Met Office's latest video forecast and a series of 'Related pages' links to useful pages including:

  • climate information
  • surface pressure charts
  • observations and forecast maps
  • severe weather warnings

'More information' beneath the 'Related pages' will show links to content related to the weather type forecast for the day currently being viewed.

Changing location

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

Using the 'Find a weather forecast' widget

Find a weather forecast widget Find a weather forecast widget

To select a new location, enter a location (this could be a village, town or city) into the search box and click on your chosen location. You can also search for world forecast locations in the same way. Select your choice of forecast location from the list provided.

Using the search box to select a new location

Location search box Location search box

To select a new location, enter a location (this could be a village, town or city) into the search box and click on your chosen location. You can also search for world forecast locations in the same way. Select your choice of forecast location from the list provided.

At the top of the forecast page you will see that the page has remembered your 'Recent locations'. The Met Office website will automatically remember the five forecast sites you have most recently visited both here and on the home page. Once you have visited more than five locations the first you have visited will drop off the list. You can chose to remove any of these locations by using the blue cross next to the forecast location name.

If you want to look at yesterday's weather for any forecast site you simply click the blue link for the 'last 24 hours' and you are taken straight to the latest observations.

'Use my current location'

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

More information on how your web browser can use geolocation:

Last updated: 1 December 2014