Best of British: Met Office Weather App

Met Office Weather App

Our series of UK app reviews continues today as we discover another great app that clearly has its roots in British soil.

If there is one thing that we Brits are obsessed with it has to be the weather. Maybe it’s the changeability or the long wet winters that have us yearning for the sun but whatever the reason there is one name that instantly comes to mind; The Met Office.

The Met Office Weather App

The Met Office app is available as a no-cost download and runs on Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.

Upon opening the app you are instantly wowed by a nicely crafted layout which is bright and clear and one of the most appealing that I have seen.

Weather app homescreenOn this screen you will see the average weather report from this point in time to sunset as well as feel like temperatures, UV, wind speed and the times of sunrise and sunset. One of the features that really stands out to me is that you can save several locations and then from the home screen swipe left or right to switch between them. Perfect for commuters and those holidaying in the UK!

Weather app features

The first area to explore is accessed via the little map of the UK at the top right of the screen. From here you can zoom in and around the map of the UK which is conveniently layered with roads as well. Along the bottom you can scroll forward in time in hourly intervals whilst on the right you can apply weather filters.

UK weather mapThese filters allow you to overlay the map with current weather icons, rain, temperature, UV and wind speeds and you can also switch to satellite mode to view the cloud cover.  

Back on the home page you will notice several white direction icons which upon a press open up the 5 day weather forecast.

5 day forecastYou will also notice that on the 5 day weather forecast screen there are more white direction icons that then slide in and out a breakdown of the report including the chance of rain, humidity and visibility along with others.

If you wish to view an 3-hourly report of any given day then simply tap the day and a new pop-up will appear.

Hourly weather reportWeather settings

At the bottom right of the screen you will see the icon to enter the settings page. This page will be of great use to many, older users may want to switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit and you can also choose between mph, kph and knots for wind speed and de-activate the apps animations if you so desire.

Should I download this app?

Yes, it has a nice clean design to it and it is exceptionally easy to use, so even the novice smartphone user will be delighted by their new download.

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If you are looking for a new smartphone then visit our UK smartphone reviews page to read hands-on reviews and see ratings.

Written by: Michael Brown

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