Some of the key changes viewers will notice include a more contemporary design with new realistic mapping, which will be consistent across all BBC platforms.
Presenters and producers can also customise their forecasts for TV and online - adding different layers of data over the maps to tell the most relevant weather story.
BBC Weather now has access to more weather data models than ever before so there will also be longer range forecasting on TV and radio.
The BBC has already begun the process of moving users over to its new weather website and the updated BBC weather app. The website and app will now provide up to 14 days of hourly forecasts for more UK and international locations.
Additional digital features have also been included to help users to plan their days with a ‘chance of rain’ percentage and a ‘feels like’ temperature which guides users on how warm or cold it will feel outside given the wind conditions.
BBC Head of Weather, Liz Howell says: “We know how important weather is to all of our audiences both in the UK and globally, so I am delighted to be able to bring them a refreshed look, new data and additional functionality. The story doesn’t end on the day we launch – we have plans for exciting innovation on all platforms which we hope will help BBC Weather stay world-leading for many years to come.”
Peter Ruchatz, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at MeteoGroup, says: “The team at MeteoGroup are proud to be working with the BBC to ensure that viewers receive the best possible weather service. The new service will provide BBC viewers with accurate forecasting and new state-of-the-art graphics. The successful implementation of these weather services across all BBC platforms – TV, radio, web and mobile, worldwide – has required a high level of technical expertise, rigorous planning and a lot of hard work from both parties. MeteoGroup and the BBC have been relentlessly pursuing excellence together, and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this service for BBC viewers.”
The BBC will still be working with the Met Office for severe weather warnings and will continue to broadcast these important messages across the UK.
Phil Evans, Met Office Director of Operations says: “It is reassuring that the public will continue to have access to Met Office National Severe Weather Warnings on the BBC. When it matters most, the Met Office will be working with BBC Weather to ensure the public have access to official weather warnings so they have the best advice to help keep themselves and their property safe.”
The BBC will also work in partnership with the UK’s flood response agencies, The Department of Infrastructure in Northern Ireland, Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland and The Environment Agency in England and Natural Resources Wales to ensure audiences receive the best possible information about any flood risk.
The BBC are partnering with the University of Leeds National Centre for Atmospheric Science and working with MeteoGroup to ensure that we deliver the most accurate, relevant and up to date forecasts for the UK.
The improved functions users will benefit from on televised broadcasts include:
- Contemporary design and clearer graphics will now allow for more detail and information;
- More realistic maps with additional topographic details including roads and urban areas, useful for those driving;
- Improved high quality moving graphics
- Greater flexibility to zoom in/focus on specific areas
- Global visualisation tool to provide enhanced global graphics e.g. tropical storms and aurora
- More data: longer range forecasts
- Improved accessibility for users with colour-blindness
The improved functions users will benefit from across mobile and online include:
- New 14-day forecast: The new site and apps will now have access to more data than ever before which means users can view 14 days of hourly forecast data for UK locations and major international cities
- New forecast features: In addition to new moving graphics, there are added data fields like ‘chance of rain’ and ‘feels like’ temperature
- More locations: The BBC has added thousands of new locations, including many international, to our database to make sure users can find the weather for where they are and wherever they want to go
- New interactive map: On the website* users will see a new weather map for all forecast locations, helping to show the bigger picture of weather ahead in their area. Clicking on It will go to a full interactive map experience, allowing users to scroll and zoom around their local area, region, country and even the globe
*Not currently available on all mobile devices
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