You may have noticed a new look to the interactive UK weather forecast maps on our website and app.
The major upgrade gives you an enhanced picture of weather for the next five days wherever you are in the country, so you can make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.
Accessibility in mind
The new website maps have been designed to enhance the user experience on all devices, especially mobile phones and tablets.
You can choose between eight website maps showing rainfall, temperature, average wind speed, wind gust maximum, precipitation type, cloud cover, weather symbols and rainfall accessible colours.
The rainfall map helps users to see when, where and how much it will rain, while the precipitation-type map also shows hail and snow.
The app version for iOS and Android users includes improved rainfall and surface pressure maps, and a new cloud cover map, so people can see the movement of weather patterns more easily.
We have also improved the visibility of the website and app maps by updating the colour scheme, with a particular focus on those with colour vision deficiencies.
Longer-range weather information
Additionally, we have added longer-range weather information, so people know what conditions to expect and can plan for the next five days.
While the website and app are constantly evolving, the redesign of the maps represent their first significant upgrade for several years.
Lucy Gibbs, Digital Product Manager for the Met Office website, said: “We’re delighted to launch our new weather maps on our public website, as well as our iOS and Android mobile apps, which will enhance the experience of many of our users.
“The aim of the upgrade is to improve the resilience of the weather data on our website and mobile apps, ensuring people can always get weather data when they need it.
“As well as technical improvements to the data source, extensive user research was carried out during each stage of the process to ensure we are meeting user needs and providing an enhanced user experience.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to access our world-leading, accurate weather forecasts, so they can better prepare for whatever weather is in store.
“We hope you enjoy using our new maps. We’ll keep listening to your feedback and making changes as we keep evolving.”