Frequently Asked Questions

How do I save my favourite locations?

Tap the star next to the location name on the main weather screen – the star will turn white. You can access all of your favourites from the side menu. To get to the side menu, tap the three horizontal lines at the top left of the main screen.

How do I view warnings?

Tap the yellow triangle icon at the top right hand side of the main weather screen. You can also find a link to the warnings in the side menu. Summaries are provided for each State and updated regularly, and you can see what time the warning was issued. Warnings in the BOM Weather app, and on the mobile and full websites are the same and are issued and updated simultaneously.

How can I view the UV forecast?

This is available by clicking on today's weather icon. UV and other forecast information are displayed in the pop-up box. The app provides the UV forecast for the current day (or if checked at night, for the next day).

What weather information can I get if I don't allow location services?

You can get your local forecast even if you don't allow location services. Simply search for your location and set it as a favourite, by tapping the star. You can quickly access all your favourite locations, as well as capital cities, from the side menu.

Why can't the BOM Weather app find my location?

Check that you have enabled your phone's location service (it's usually found in your phone's settings), and if the issue persists please let us know via the feedback screen in the side menu.

In some cases when you use the 'current location' button, the app may not recognise the name of your location and will instead show your latitude and longitude. You can still use this weather information—it is the correct information for your location. We are working to rectify this by upgrading our location systems. Alternatively, you can search for your location name or postcode and the name will be displayed.

Why is the location shown different to my actual location?

If you select 'current location' the BOM Weather app will provide forecasts for the 6 km grid square you are currently in. Your 6 km grid square may cover both smaller and larger suburbs, and the app may default to the nearby larger suburb. If this happens, to see weather readings for your actual location, go to the side menu and enter your postcode or suburb name in the search.

How do I view a more detailed forecast for a particular day?

For today's detailed forecast, tap on the current temperature or the weather icon on the main screen. For the rest of the week, find the day you are interested in by sliding the white daily cards across, and then tap on the card to see the detailed forecast.

How do I view the radar?

Tap 'Radar' at the top of the main screen, and you will automatically scroll down to the radar. You can also scroll down the screen yourself. You can zoom in and out of the radar view, and pause at a specific time. You can also view rain radars in other places by choosing a new location from the side menu.

Why is my town only receiving a full text forecast for four days?

The Bureau produces seven-day full text forecasts for major towns and cities. Other towns use four days of full text forecasts, and then daily summary forecasts (maximum and minimum temperature, chance of rain and a weather graphic) for the rest of the week.

Will the app still work if the Bureau website is down?

BOM Weather uses real time information to provide you with the latest forecasts, observations and warnings. During system outages or if you do not have an active internet connection, some information may not be available.