By Brian Gaze
Summer is just around the corner and it's time to start planning for outdoor activities. Whether you're going to a festival, the beach, or just spending time in your garden, it's important to be prepared for the weather.
The good news is the forecasts and data available can help you plan ahead and be prepared for potential hazards, such as thunderstorms, so that you can take appropriate measures to avoid disruptions to your plans.
However, it is important to bear in mind that the weather in the United Kingdom can exhibit rapid and unpredictable changes, making accurate predictions a challenging task. This is particularly true when attempting to forecast beyond a few days, as confidence in the accuracy of such predictions diminishes rapidly.
At TheWeatherOutlook, we are excited to introduce a number of new features for the summer season. "Will it be hot", "Will it thunder" and "Will it rain" blend data from multiple computer models to improve accuracy and give local forecasts showing the percentage chance of heat, thunderstorms and rain during the next two weeks.
To use this feature, simply select your forecast location from the new search bar and ensure the toggle switch is set to 16 day. Once the forecast is displayed scroll down to the Will it section. Alternatively use these links:
Will it be hot
Will it thunder
Will it rain
You can also select hourly or 16 day forecasts by tapping the enhanced geolocation option. The local hourly forecasts are for up to 3 days ahead, whilst the 16 day ones are in 3-hour steps.
Another great new feature is voice control for devices which support it. For example, after pressing the microphone button, you can say "weather for London" or "will it thunder" to get the information you need quickly and easily.
Check the full list of voice commands supported.
Our weather forecasts are fully refreshed up to four times each day to offer the most current picture possible. We use data from the leading national meteorological centres including, UK Met Office, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Meteo France and ECMWF. By blending data from multiple sources, we can create a more comprehensive and accurate picture of what weather to expect in your area.
On the hourly forecasts (to view set the toggle switch to hourly, then either use the search box to find a location or tap the geolocation button) it is possible to switch the raw data source which is used to generate the forecast. Simply tap he forecast model data button as required. Note that the models offered may change.
London hourly weather forecast
All of these features are freely available, but for the best experience, we encourage you to consider donating £15 or more for ad-free access to the website and additional features. With ad-free access, you will be able to enjoy a seamless experience on our website without any interruptions from advertisements. You'll also be supporting the ongoing site development.
See Advert free access on our website for more information.
A big benefit of using our website is the ease of use. There is no app to download and install, although it is recommended that if you are using a smartphone or table you add an icon to the home screen for quick access and app experience.
The new search bar and enhanced geolocation option both make it easier and quicker to find the forecast for your area. Whether you're at home or on the go, you can access our website and get the information you need.
In addition to the new features we've introduced, we also provide a range of other tools and resources to help you stay prepared for the weather. For example, we offer weather maps that show current conditions and forecasted weather patterns. If you would like to dig a little deeper then check the Model inventory which provides access to a huge range of forecast charts, tables and graphs.
TheWeatherOutlook was registered in October 2000 by Brian Gaze and it has been growing ever since. It has become one of the UK's leading sources of weather data and forecasts, making it an excellent option for those seeking such information.
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A huge range of charts and data is freely available.
Models include UK Met Office UKV and MOGREPS-G, ECMWF, NCEP GFS, Meteo France Arpege and Arome.