Service Announcements

  • Weather phrase now included routinely on marine forecasts

    Scheduled Release Date: 8th October 2014

    The Bureau has made its marine forecasts more useful for people planning to spend the day on the water boating by routinely adding more information about the expected weather conditions. Instead of just including significant weather information, such as thunderstorms or fog, the Coastal Waters and Local Waters forecasts will include details about whether it will be sunny, cloudy or rainy.

  • Bureau of Meteorology changes rainfall terminology

    Scheduled Release Date: 6-9th October 2014*

    From early October we will no longer use words such as isolated, scattered, patchy and widespread in many of our routine weather forecasts, which some people found ambiguous.

    Instead, we will describe the chance of rain as slight, medium, high, or very high, with a percentage equivalent in brackets.

    And if rain is only expected for part of the day, we will provide that information in the description.

    Read more in our blog article

    Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the change

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Northern Territory's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: Wednesday, 8th October 2014*

    From early October 2014, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in the Northern Territory. These changes include:

    • 96 locations in the Northern Territory will get a 7-day forecast.
      • The Darwin and Alice Springs forecasts will include a forecast of the probability of any measurable rain and a forecast of the likely rainfall range.
    • Improved presentation on the website.
    • Changes to forecasts and warnings for Coastal Waters.

    More detail about all changes for the Northern Territory.

    Technical details about product ID's for the Northern Territory forecast and warning services.

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 1st October 2014*

    From October 2014, more gridded data sets will be contained within the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD).
    These will include:

    • three (3) additional rainfall forecast grids will be added to the ADFD
      • 3-hourly 10% chance of more than (mm): Precip10Pct
      • 3-hourly 25% chance of more than (mm): Precip25Pct
      • 3-hourly 50% chance of more than (mm): Precip50Pct.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. Details are available from The Australian Digital Forecast Database.

    Price on application via email to

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Darwin (Berrimah) Radar offline

    Scheduled Release Date: 10th September 2014

    The Darwin (Berrimah) weather radar will be offline for several weeks from early September. It will be replaced as part of the Bureau's ongoing renewal program. The Darwin Airport radar will be the backup during this outage.

  • New wind arrow maps added to Interactive weather and wave viewer

    Scheduled Release Date: 3rd September 2014

    New wind arrow maps have been added to provide clearer indication of wind direction for marine users.

    Interactive weather and wave map viewer

  • Retirement of legacy observation products on ftp

    Scheduled Release Date: 2nd September 2014

    A number of legacy fixed-format observation products have been retired from the ftp directory. Alternative machine readable formats for observations are available.

    Product ID's retired: IDY03021, IDY03022, IDY03023, IDY03024, IDY03025, IDY03026, IDY03027, IDY03028, IDY03029

  • Update to MetEye wind forecasts

    Scheduled Release Date: 21st August 2014

    From August 2014, the density of arrows shown in MetEye Wind Forecast maps will be improved, so that more arrows appear over the map area. This change aims to show more detailed wind forecasts when viewing the map up close. It applies to both Wind Forecast maps: Speed + direction (km/h) and Speed + direction (knots).


  • Cairns (Saddle Mountain) Radar offline

    Scheduled Release Date: 18th August 2014

    The aging Cairns (Saddle Mountain) weather radar will be offline for several months from early July. It will be replaced as part of the Bureau's ongoing renewal program later this year. The Cairns Airport radar will be the backup during this outage.

  • Introduction of text-only web page 'MarineLite' for mariners

    Scheduled Release Date: 31 July 2014

    The Bureau of Meteorology has developed a new web page designed for mariners, such as those on cruising yachts and commercial vessels, whose offshore access is limited to satellite internet communication channels only, or in areas of marginal mobile phone coverage. The new web page, called 'MarineLite', will present High Seas and Coastal Waters forecasts and warnings in a simple text-only format, making them both faster and affordable.


  • New Climate and Water Outlook video available

    Scheduled Release Date: 24th July 2014

    The Bureau of Meteorology now produces a monthly Climate and Water Outlook video. This video will cover El Niño developments; also seasonal outlooks for rainfall, streamflow and temperature across Australia for the next three months and beyond. By integrating climate and water information into a short monthly video, we provide a ‘big picture’ overview of environmental conditions across Australia for the months ahead.

    For more detail, please go to

  • Discontinuation of Capital Cities Observations: IDV18000

    Scheduled Release Date: 12th June 2014

    Due to a system upgrade, from early June, the Capital Cities Observations product will be discontinued. Similar information is available on the Bureau website

  • Kalgoorlie - Boulder Radar Replacement

    Scheduled Release Date: Mid-May 2014

    The aging Kalgoorlie weather radar was replaced as part of the Bureau's ongoing program to ensure service continuity through equipment renewal. The new radar was installed immediately adjacent to the previous location. Decommissioning of the previous model commenced in early March and installation of the new equipment is now complete. Testing of the data and downstream systems is being finalised with release of the radar images to the public expected in mid-May 2014.

    The new radar will be a dedicated Weather Watch system, allowing for uninterrupted 24 hour coverage, updating at 10 minute intervals. This is an upgrade from its previous function

  • New Bureau of Meteorology mobile weather website

    Scheduled Release Date: 29th April 2014

    The Bureau of Meteorology is scheduling to release its new mobile weather website for public beta-testing by smartphone users. The beta-testing stage may last for up a period of months while we further develop the site and to allow for rigorous testing.

    The Bureau's mobile weather website is a condensed and reformatted version of the full Bureau website, customized for small screens, making it easier and quicker for smartphone users to access our weather services using their mobile device.

    During this beta-testing stage, smartphone users will need to enter the mobile site URL or bookmark it to their mobile device for instant access to the mobile site.

    The mobile site URL is This URL will eventually become the default site for people searching the Bureau's weather services on a mobile device, when the mobile site is formally released and no longer in beta-testing.

    Users will still have the option to load the regular full-featured website if they prefer.

  • MetEye extended into Queensland

    Scheduled Release Date: 16th April 2014

    The Bureau continues the roll-out of its new interactive weather viewer MetEye with a release in Queensland on 16 April 2014.

    MetEye will provide Queenslanders with a whole new way to view their local weather, giving the latest weather and forecasts out to 7 days ahead for any location.

    MetEye also offers a local weather overview on a single page for any place in Queensland.


  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 15th April 2014

    Along with the Bureau's release of Queensland maps in MetEye™, more gridded data will be contained within the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) including weather forecast grids generated by the Queensland Regional Forecasting Centre.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. Price on application via email to

  • Changes to Northern Area High Seas Forecast

    Scheduled Release Date: 10th April 2014

    From early April, the Bureau of Meteorology is planning to produce all Northern Area High Seas Forecasts in its National Operations Centre, instead of the Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre.

    * Subject to technical and operational requirements being fulfilled at the time.

  • Changes to titles of Coastal Waters Forecasts

    Scheduled Release Date: March - April 2014

    The Bureau of Meteorology improves the naming of its Coastal Waters Forecasts to include the name of the locations at the ends of each area.

    For example:

    • Leeuwin Coast Forecast changes to Leeuwin Coastal Waters Forecast: Cape Naturaliste to Walpole

    The content of the forecast is otherwise unchanged.

  • Additional locations added to the Tide Prediction portal

    Scheduled Release Date: 26th March 2014

    The Bureau has recently added a further 29 locations to its tide prediction portal (including Tweed Heads, Cardwell, Coffin Bay, Apollo Bay and Derby) providing both predicted tide heights and times for the next 7 days and up to 2 years ahead. Also, a third tidal stream location at Oom Shoal - Mackay, Queensland, has been added to complement our Tidal Stream predictions at the entrance of Port Phillip Bay and Torres Strait.

    Tide Predictions for Australia, South Pacific and Antarctica

  • Pilot Heatwave Service

    Scheduled Release Date: 8th January 2014

    A new pilot heatwave forecast service will be introduced. It will show regions affected by heatwave, severe heatwave and extreme heatwave. Heatwave forecasts for the three day period from the current day, and for the three day period from each of the next four days will be produced each day.

    Pilot Heatwave Forecast for Australia

  • New Product - Thunderstorm Tracker trial service for Southeast Queensland

    Scheduled Release Date: from 3 December 2013

    Thunderstorm Tracker shows maps displaying the location of thunderstorms and their expected position 30 minutes into the future. The maps are an experimental automated Bureau of Meteorology product that will be trialed in South East Queensland during Summer 2013-14. The Thunderstorm Tracker maps aim to complement the Severe Thunderstorm Warning Service.

    Thunderstorm Tracker - Southeast Queensland Pilot

  • New observation weather site for Melbourne located at Melbourne Olympic Park

    Scheduled Release Date: 26th November 2013

    A new fully equipped weather station will now provide current temperatures, winds and rainfall readings for the City of Melbourne. This new site was launched at Melbourne Olympic Park on the 26 November 2013 in the heart of Melbourne's sporting precinct.

How the Bureau announces changes to its services

The Bureau has a range of processes to inform the public, industry groups and other service providers about changes to our routine information and services.

Frequently services are created, removed or altered in line with community feedback and advances in science and technology. Nominally the Bureau provides a minimum of 30 days notice prior to implementation of service changes.

Unexpected interruptions to routine services will be reported whenever possible.

Notification of changes are communicated in a number of ways including:

  • Announcements in this page and other related web pages
  • Service announcements on respective telephone, fax and radio services
  • Announcements in relevant magazines and newspapers.
  • Details within the specific routine product that is to be changed
  • Correspondence with established consultative groups and other weather service providers