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Mobile Weather FAQs

Got a question about our mobile website? Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Which type of phone is it designed for?

The Mobile Weather service is designed to be accessible on all web-enabled mobile phones - from basic phones to smartphones.

Your mobile web site does not work on my mobile phone?

Our mobile web site has been developed to work effectively across a wide range of devices. The variety of devices is considerable and changes rapidly. Modern smart phones which use JavaScript and more traditional devices which do not utilise JavaScript are well catered for by the new service. A range of other devices, including some older BlackBerry® smartphones, are not providing a good experience for users and the Met Office is investigating options for improvements.

How much does it cost to use Mobile Weather?

The Met Office does not charge you to access Mobile Weather, but you may be charged by your operator for the amount of data you use. You need to check the tariff with your mobile operator.

How do I access the forecasts?

Access your local seven day forecast by typing in your location. You can then view the forecast information for each day by selecting the days from the tabs along the top of the screen.

Why aren't all the elements available?

The Mobile Weather service is designed to be 'what you need on the move', rather than the complete Met Office website. Some of the more graphics-heavy content of the main Met Office web site, such as maps and animation would not be suitable for downloading to a mobile phone, due to screen size and download times. If you have a smartphone, you can also download our weather app.

How do I access the main Met Office site from my mobile?

If you access our website from a mobile phone, you may be automatically redirected to Mobile Weather (which is optimised for mobile phone use). If you are not then the site can be accessed from http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mobile. If you are redirected and still want to visit the main website, you can do this using the ‘Desktop site' link in the bottom menu. You will then be able to view any content on the main Met Office web site, although you should recognise that not all content on our web site is compatible with mobile phones.

How are weather warnings provided on Mobile Weather?

Warnings can be issued up to seven days ahead. During periods of severe weather numerous warnings can be issued. You will always be alerted to the fact that warnings are in force through the bar on the homepage. This will be coloured to the most severe warning in force within the UK over the coming seven days. Selecting the warnings bar will show you where in the UK warnings are in force. Select a warning on the map to view the detail of the warning including the validity time, type of warning and detailed text.

 

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