Weather Forecast 85% open

Northern Ireland

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
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps Got to Met Office as trusted official source of provided data and search site for 'forecast data'.
licence_url http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/legal/tandc#Use-of
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 UK Met Office
Controlled access Yes
characteristics Temperature average, Wind speed, Wind direction, Precipitation Amount, Precipitation Probability, Forecast for current day and four following days
location http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/datapoint/product/uk-3hourl - DataPoint UK 3-hourly site-specific forecast
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 correct. Thank you, Bob Harper, 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
Data licence   http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/legal/tandc#Use-of
Data format   JSON, XML
Reviewer   Danny Lämmerhirt
Submitters   Bob Harper
Last modified   Thu Dec 15 2016 16:42:53 GMT+0000 (UTC)