UK un-tilted: New look BBC Weather forecasts launch

Launching during the BBC News at 1, the new BBC Weather maps will be un-tilted for the first time in over a decade.

The new look as part of the broadcaster's long-awaited migration to weather provider Meteogroup. Weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas will present the first television weather forecast with the new data on the BBC One lunchtime news.

But the BBC will still be working with its previous provider, the Met Office for severe weather warnings and will continue to broadcast these important messages across its UK outlets.

As part of the change, starting with the weather forecast at the end of Tuesday's BBC News at 1pm, the BBC is returning to a flat map projection for the regional and UK views, ending the use of a projection that proved unpopular with viewers in northern areas, because the angle at which the UK was shown made Northern Ireland and Scotland smaller.

In addition to the flat map, a new globe graphic will allow presenters to move around the world, displaying a variety of data from falling snow particles to areas likely to see the aurora or ‘northern lights’.

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.

As we reported last month, the BBC has already begun to roll-out changes, with a new weather website having gone live for some users in Janaury. The new style now appears on updates to the BBC Weather app. Both the website and app will now provide up to 14 days of hourly forecasts for more UK and international locations. Some of the web changes have proved controversial with some users, with some claiming it can't be used unless a user is signed in to the BBC. However, our tests show while personalised forecasts are not available unless signed-in, full forecasts and map functionality are still available to all.

The BBC says it now has access to more weather data models than ever before so there will also be longer range forecasting on TV and radio. Additional digital features 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, have been added to the service.

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.”

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.”

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