Monday 21 April 2014

Find out more about the Channel 4 Weather website, how it works and how to get weather reports in your area.

The Channel 4 Weather website, launched in November 2011, is a national UK service bringing you the weather in your region and offering the expertise of Channel 4's first weather presenter Liam Dutton. He will write a weather blog, regular news articles and update a Twitter feed.

The idea behind the design and functionality of the site was to offer a distinctly Channel 4 proposition to the weather, but to also provide an accurate and useful meteorological service for everyone.

Some frequently asked questions:

How do I find the weather in my area?

You can type in a postcode to our Search box on both the home page and all regional pages. You can also type in a town name. You can see at a glance the weather in your region displayed as temperature (Celsius) shown with a corresponding colour, a symbol and description. If you know the region you are interested in, you can click on that area on the Home Page to go to a regional page, where you can then click on More Detail to get a more comprehensive outlook for that day or next five days. On each regional page are a list of towns in that region, so if you are uncertain of a postcode or the name of a location you can pick the nearest large town.

Who supplies your data?

The data for both the website and the TV bulletin is supplied by the MeteoGroup.

How often is the weather updated?

Currently the weather data covers a 12-hour period, so offering a choice of day and night on the website. The data supply is for shorter time periods and the symbols will change accordingly throughout the day.

Why did you divide the UK into regional blocks?

As part of the ambition to have a distinctive and iconic Channel 4 weather service, we picked a pictorial concept for the country as being made up of 14 "blocks". We realise this is not geographically accurate, but in the same way the London tube map is not an accurate map of the transport system, it is clear to users how it works and represents a simple and clear concept.

Weather

How does the data feed work in each regional block?

MeteoGroup supplies data for one driving station per regional block. We felt it was better to use one driving station to show the weather in each regional block rather than do an aggregated regional weather. You can see a list of the driving stations to the right. We of course know that the weather in parts of each region can be very different, such as from coast to mountains, so users are encouraged to use the regional pages and check their local weather by using a town or postcode search.

What about the colours?

We wanted a colour scheme to clearly represent temperature, so that users can get a good idea of how a given temperature will feel at a glance. So for example pink represents cold, when temperatures are below freezing and oranges represent warmth when temperatures reach the 20s Celsius. Our full colour scheme can be seen below.

Weather colour scheme

What filters do you offer?

You can filter the map by:

  • Temperature C
  • Temperature F
  • Cloud Cover
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Gusts
  • Humidity
  • Precipitation
  • Chance of Rain
  • Chance of Snow
  • Sunshine hours
  • UV Index (range 1-7)
  • Pollen Count
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset

Pollen Level Information

The pollen level information on this website is for grass pollen only - the most common allergen for hay fever sufferers. Information on other types of pollen is available from the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

Weather warnings

As part of their public weather service, all weather warnings in the UK are generated by the Met Office. The Channel 4 Weather site will flag up the detail of all weather warnings - yellow, amber and red - that are issued for heavy rain, snow, strong winds, dense fog or ice.

Here is a link to the Met Office website: Weather warnings on the Met Office website

The latest from Liam Dutton

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  • Sunny
  • Sunny Intervals
  • Light Showers
  • Heavy Showers
  • Cloudy
  • Light Rain
  • Heavy Rain
  • Drizzle
  • Thunderstorms
  • Thundery Showers
  • Sleet
  • Freezing Rain
  • Floods
  • Hail Showers
  • Sleet Showers
  • Freezing Fog
  • Fog
  • Severe Fog
  • Mist
  • Pollen
  • Snow
  • Heavy Snow
  • Snow Showers
  • Heavy Snow Showers
  • Clear Sky at Night
  • Clear Spells at Night
  • Light Rain Showers at Night
  • Heavy Rain Showers at Night
  • Thunderstorms at Night
  • Snow Showers at Night
  • Hail Showers at Night
  • Sleet Showers at Night
  • Heavy Snow Showers at Night
  • High Wind Speeds
  • Low Wind Speeds
  • Wind Speed mph & Direction
  • UV Index
  • Weather Warning
    Warning Status:
    • Red: Severe weather conditions
    • Amber: Be prepared for severe weather
    • Yellow: Difficult conditions; take extra care

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