What's new

Find out more about the latest developments to our website

New design for five day forecasts

We are excited to release a new style for our five day forecast pages, these pages have been redesigned following customer feedback and a series of user testing events.

Please take a look at this video which will guide you through the new layout.

Past developments

The new design for our five day forecasts has been only part of the latest developments across our digital platforms over the last 12 months. Below we describe some of the other changes we have made:

Mobile apps

March 2014 saw the release of an exciting update for the Met Office Weather app on Android and iPhone. These releases introduced a brand new capability on the app, with Severe Weather Warning push notifications alerting users to warnings and amendments to their chosen regions.

As the UK provider of National Severe Weather Warnings, we introduced new functionality to our Android and iPhone apps, allowing users to subscribe to push notifications, alerting them to warnings and any amendments. Users are able to select as few or as many of the 16 warning regions as they like, tailoring the push notification service to their needs. This allows the Met Office to proactively communicate during times of severe weather with the 9 million individuals who have downloaded one of our apps, helping us protect life and property across the UK.

Mobile website

Mobile weather

At the end of January we launched a new mobile website, providing a substantial upgrade to the previous version through an improved user experience when accessing content from a wide range of mobile phones and tablets.

The mobile website is a graphics light version of the main Met Office web site and includes the following content:

  • UK 5-day forecasts
  • UK observations
  • Severe weather warnings out to five days ahead
  • Mountain area forecasts
  • Marine forecasts and observations
  • Latest Met Office news
  • Latest video forecast
  • 'Report severe weather' - see further information below
  • Links with social media

This was part of an ongoing project of upgrades for both the mobile and main Met Office websites. These include the introduction of hourly forecast information, an increase in forecast locations and a number of tablet-orientated improvements.

Report severe weather

The Met Office has an interest in knowing where the weather is having a significant impact on people, infrastructure, transport and other activities.

For some time you have been able to provide us with reports of weather impacts through our  Weather Observations Website (WOW). Now you are able to supply these impact reports from your mobile devices by using the new  function.

Mountain forecasts

Mountain forecast

In September we launched the revamped Mountain forecasts. The new and improved mountain weather forecasts provide hill walkers and mountaineers with information to help keep them safer, whilst making the most of some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK.

The revamped pages provide mountain forecasts with a selection of the main mountain areas and those which have the highest visitor figures. Forecasts are issued twice per day and as a direct result of feedback received from the users of the existing pages; these now cover the full 24-hour period where previously only daylight hours were provided.

Users of the service are able to click on the region they are planning their expedition to take place to see detailed information about the location including;

  • Warnings and weather hazards
  • Weather overview
  • Location map
  • Links to useful information services

In addition to these being refreshed and easier to read, the pages are now printable meaning that the latest forecast can be taken on expeditions or displayed in local youth hostels and climbing clubs, ensuring that as many people are made aware of the weather conditions as possible.

National Parks

National Parks

At the same time as launching the Mountain Forecasts we also updated the forecasts we provide for all of the 15 National Parks in the UK which are made up of beautiful areas including wetlands, meadows, moorlands, woods and mountains which can experience extreme and changeable weather.

Five day weather forecasts are available for locations within each National Park shown by the markers on the map. These markers are used to pinpoint mountain summits and other places of interest, by clicking on a marker you will bring up the forecast for that location. This will help you to plan your day and stay safe whilst you are out and about.

National Park forecasts include:

  • Mountain summits
  • Places of interest such as historic buildings and gardens
  • Sports and outdoor recreation facilities such as cycle tracks and forest parks
  • Youth hostels
  • Towns and cities

Met Office Warnings widget

Warnings Widget

In September we also launched a Warnings widget to add to our already established Weather and Mountain widgets. These three simple, free, widgets can be displayed on your website to inform your users of the forecast weather and warnings up to five days ahead.

The widgets give your website the advantage of having weather and warnings information with the authority, accuracy and expertise you can expect from the Met Office. Providing this information to your website visitors provides a valuable addition to both daily use and severe weather advice pages.

Key features of the Warnings Widget:

  • National severe weather warnings for the next five days in your selected area
  • Various size options
  • Optional warnings map display for the next five days

Last updated: 10 June 2014