Weather Forecast 85% open

Great Britain

What data is expected?

3-day forecasts of temperature, precipitation and wind. Forecasts have to be provided for several regions in the country. Short-term weather forecasts are relevant for the general public to plan activities, while also being reliable. See our methodology section for more information.

  • Temperature extremes
  • Temperature average
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • Precipitation Amount
  • Precipitation Probability
  • Forecast for current day and four following days

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format JSON, XML
Downloadable at once Yes A Met Office tutorial indicates the DataPoint service can now be used to download "a complete list of the forecasts for every location in the UK at each available timestep" in either XML or JSON format. I have interpreted that as meaning the whole dataset is downloadable at once. (This obviates the need to revisit last year's debate about whether the separate API on Azure Marketplace really supplies bulk data.)
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available No Registration required.
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps No steps as I was previously aware of the data source and its location. Met Office's DataPoint service is the first Google result returned based on a search for "uk weather forecast data", so should be reasonably easy for unfamiliar users to find. Met Office's DataPoint service is the first Google result returned based on a search for "uk weather forecast data", so should be reasonably easy for unfamiliar users to find.
licence_url http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/legal/tandc#Use-of The Open Government Licence applies to this data.
Collected by government Yes
usability 2 Availability of the data only in machine-readable formats via an API imposes a technical learning curve and therefore reduces the general accessibility of the data. Met Office could for example make the data more accessible by publishing a daily CSV extract of the dataset.
collector_name Met Office
Controlled access Yes
characteristics Temperature average, Wind speed, Wind direction, Precipitation Amount, Precipitation Probability, Forecast for current day and four following days The data source provides "screen temperature" (the ambient temperature without the effect of wind chill or heat from the sun) and doesn't seem to provide separate data for averages vs extremes. The data source provides probability of precipitation based on precipitation of at lease 0.1mm but does not seem to estimate amounts.
location http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/datapoint/product/uk-3hourl - DataPoint UK 3-hourly site-specific forecast. Described as "a quality controlled forecast out to 5 days for more than 5,000 locations." Described as "a quality controlled forecast out to 5 days for more than 5,000 locations."
The data source provides "screen temperature" (the ambient temperature without the effect of wind chill or heat from the sun) and doesn't seem to provide separate data for averages vs extremes. The data source provides probability of precipitation based on precipitation of at lease 0.1mm but does not seem to estimate amounts. A Met Office tutorial indicates the DataPoint service can now be used to download "a complete list of the forecasts for every location in the UK at each available timestep" in either XML or JSON format. I have interpreted that as meaning the whole dataset is downloadable at once. (This obviates the need to revisit last year's debate about whether the separate API on Azure Marketplace really supplies bulk data.) Availability of the data only in machine-readable formats via an API imposes a technical learning curve and therefore reduces the general accessibility of the data. Met Office could for example make the data more accessible by publishing a daily CSV extract of the dataset.

The submission is valid. Precipitation amount was added as a characteristics. The dataset describes it as "Weather Type" (alongside other weather types like sunny, clouded, etc.) Thank you, Owen Boswarva, for contributing to the Global Open Data Index.

Meta data

Data location   http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/datapoint/product/uk-3hourl - DataPoint UK 3-hourly site-specific forecast. Described as "a quality controlled forecast out to 5 days for more than 5,000 locations."
Data licence   http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/legal/tandc#Use-of
Data format   JSON, XML
Reviewer   Danny Lämmerhirt
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Tue Dec 13 2016 07:21:30 GMT+0000 (UTC)