Getting started

Registration process

  1. Navigate to theAbout Met Office DataPoint page.
  2. Read the detailed terms and conditions. By using Met Office DataPoint you are agreeing to the Terms and conditions - DataPoint.
  3. If you accept the terms and conditions, click the 'Register' link on the About Met Office DataPoint page to register with Met Office DataPoint and get your developer key.
  4. Complete and submit the form, which includes an account name and password. Registration is free of charge.
  5. You will receive an e-mail containing a link. Follow the link in the e-mail, which will result in you being taken back to the Met Office Weather and climate data page.  
  6. From here, scroll down the page and select the link Met Office DataPoint.
  7. Click on the link, which will take you to the registration page.   Select 'Existing Account' and resubmit your username and password.
  8. You will see a 'Registration Successful' message on screen but you will need to log out and back in again to access this service
  9. Select the 'My Services' button.

Getting your API key

  1. Click the 'My Services' link from the support page to view  Your DataPoint API key. The API key will be displayed on the screen. Select 'My Account' to view your Application Key.

Getting data

All DataPoint resources have a base URL of http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/ and must be requested with your API key as a query in the format:

http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/{resource}?key={APIkey}

'resource' must be replaced with a keyword from the documentation.

For example, to get a three-hourly five-day forecast for Dunkeswell Aerodrome:

http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/val/wxfcs/all/xml/3840?res=3hourly&key=01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-456789abcdef

Choose products

Go to the DataPoint products page to learn more about the range and details of our products

Guidance and help

To help you make most of the data we have detailed Met Office DataPoint documentation available including Definitions of codes.

Alternatively you can use our consildated guide to using the Met Office DataPoint API and products : DataPoint API reference.

You can also try asking a question in the DataPoint support group.

If you think there is a problem with the Met Office DataPoint Service, first check the DataPoint notifications page. You can also sign up to receive email service updates for Met Office DataPoint.

If you still believe there is a problem then please Contact us through our service desk.

 

Met Office Weather DataHub

Met Office Weather DataHub offers an ever-growing selection of weather data and map overlays available via APIs. Simply take a look in our API library for our current listing of weather information. We will be adding more data APIs over time, so please keep checking.

Switching to Met Office Weather DataHub will give you access to improved data only available via our one-stop API portal.

Key to these improvements include an increase from 5,000 UK only sites to 45,000 global sites and 24/7 support.

 

About Met Office DataPoint 

DataPoint support documentation

DataPoint Products

DataPoint API reference

Definitions of codes

DataPoint support group

DataPoint notifications

Terms and conditions