As the UK’s national meteorological service, the Met Office provides accurate and reliable weather forecasts on TV, radio and online. Now webmasters are able to include Met Office weather forecasts on their web site for their visitors.
The information can be displayed on the Weather Widget.
The following content is customisable by the webmaster:
The Weather Widget provides the latest weather information from the Met Office. The information below provides a guide to the elements, validity times and options on the Weather Widget.
If the webmaster has allowed it, you can change the forecast location displayed to another of your choice. To do this, click on the options link at the bottom of the Weather Widget and you will be presented with a box into which you can enter a location name or partial postcode. Select the desired location from the list provided and then from the list of available forecast locations. Click OK and you will be presented with the forecast you requested.
If you do not see the enter location box, the webmaster has not allowed this option and the forecast is restricted to the location shown.
Currently the Weather Widget is available in English and Welsh. We hope to add additional languages in the future. If you wish to view the Widget in an alternative language, click on the Options link at the bottom of the Widget and select your preferred language from the options. Click on OK and the Widget will be displayed in your alternative language.
These are representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Weather Widget is displayed. A description of each symbol is available by hovering the mouse over them or see the key to weather symbols.
These are representative values for day or night, depending on when the widget is viewed. These may be displayed in either °C or °F, depending on the choice made by the webmaster.
A message will appear in the top right of the Weather Widget to show whether any weather warnings are in place within the UK. Clicking on the link will take you to the main warnings page on the Met Office website where you can view any warnings which have been issued.
These are representative values for day or night, depending on when the Weather Widget is viewed. These may be displayed in either mph, km/h or knots, depending on the choice made by the webmaster. Wind speed is an optional display and you will not see this if the webmaster has chosen to exclude it.
This is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Weather Widget is displayed. It takes into account wind speed to give a more representative indication of how the temperature will feel. For example if the temperature is 0 °C it will much colder with a wind speed of 25 mph than with a wind speed of 10 mph. This is an optional display and you will not see this if the webmaster choice to exclude it.
This is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Weather Widget is displayed. Hovering the mouse over the symbol will give a description. These descriptions refer only to the UV levels and should be considered along with the other elements e.g. UV of 1 may be ‘safe to stay outside’, but temperatures may not make this safe to do. This is an optional display and you will not see this if the webmaster has chosen to exclude it.
This displays the forecast temperature map for the local area and is representative for midday or midnight depending on when the Weather Widget is displayed. A key to the colours used is provided below.
Temperature in degrees Celsius
This displays the forecast rainfall map for the local area for the next available forecast period. The forecast is valid for the time shown. A key to the colours used is provided below.
Rainfall in millimetres per hour
This displays the forecasts pressure chart for the local area for the next available forecast period. The forecast is valid for the time shown.
Adding the Weather Widget to your website is a quick and simple process. Follow our step by step set up guide to select the content you want to display and the options you want to allow your users. Then simply add the script to your HTML page.
The Weather Widget now allows webmasters more customisation over the Location widget size. Webmasters are presented with the option to select the original dynamic widget or choose a smaller fixed size. (The Mountain widget is not available with fixed sizes). For legacy users who want to use the original dynamic Weather Widget please choose the default option 'Dynamic with content' on step 2. See below for current available sizes (px).
Please Note: Not all content is available to smaller widget sizes, you will be advised when creating the widget what content is available.
† We are currently experiencing issues with displaying the 250 x 250 size widget in Internet Explorer 9 and hope to resolve these soon.
During the set-up stage you can select whether to display a number of optional elements for your preferred location including:
You can also set the following preferences for how the Weather Widget is displayed on your website, including:
We are keen to hear where the Weather Widget is being used and to update existing users when we make further updates. To ensure you keep up to date with the latest developments on the Weather Widget, please email us including your website link and email address. We will then contact you when there are any updates to the Widget which you may like to add to your website. We will only use your email address to notify you of changes to the Weather Widget.
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Orkney & Shetland
Highlands & Eilean Siar
Central, Tayside & Fife
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
North West England
North East England
Yorkshire & Humber
East of England
South West England
London & South East England