Service Announcements


All scheduled release dates are subject to change due to technical and operational requirements.
  • Heatwave Service

    Scheduled Release Date: 1 October 2020

    The heatwave forecast service will be activated on 1 October for the 2020-21 summer. 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.

    Heatwave Forecast for Australia

  • Use of Darwin Airport observations in displays of observations from Darwin Harbour weather station

    Scheduled Release Date: 24 September 2020

    Humidity and rainfall observations are not collected by the weather station at Darwin Harbour. From 24 September 2020, displays of Apparent Temperature, Dew Point, Relative Humidity, Delta-T and 'Rain since 9am' for this weather station will use observations from the Darwin Airport weather station.

    This will allow users in central Darwin to view 'feels like' temperature and other key observations. The change will occur where Darwin Harbour observations are displayed, including on the Bureau website and BOM Weather app.

  • Closure of Kent Town weather station

    Scheduled Release Date: 31 July 2020

    The Bureau of Meteorology will decommission the Kent Town weather station in Adelaide on 31 July 2020.

    The area around the site at Kent Town is subject to several developments that will affect the reliability of weather data from the station. Anticipating this, a new station in West Terrace Adelaide was commissioned in 2017 and the two sites have been running in tandem to allow the Bureau to compare the data and identify differences for forecasts and long-term climate comparisons. The comparison period was completed in June 2020.

    From 1 August 2020 all of the observation products and webpages for the Adelaide CBD will be from the West Terrace site only.

  • Relocation of Sydney Observatory Hill weather station

    Scheduled Release Date: August 2020

    The Bureau of Meteorology's official weather observation station for Sydney is moving to a new location at Sydney Observatory Hill. The relocation is due to development plans for the original site.

    A new station was commissioned in 2017 and the two sites have been running in tandem to allow the Bureau to compare the data and identify differences for forecasts and long-term climate comparisons.

    In August 2020 the Bureau's observation products and webpages will be gradually switched over to the new site with a new station number (066214). The official name of the new station will remain Sydney Observatory Hill.

  • BOM Weather app

    Scheduled Release Date:  June 2020

    After a period of beta testing, the Bureau will release an updated version of the BOM Weather app via the App Store and Google Play. The BOM Weather app is free and available on mobile and tablet devices. The BOM Weather app provides weather information, forecasts, rain radar and warnings throughout Australia.

    New features and enhancements in the updated version will include:

    • hourly forecast details for 72 hours ahead
    • localised weather warnings
    • 'move with me' (current location weather wherever you are)
    • pan and zoom rain radar (Australia wide)
    • UV index and sun protection information 4 days ahead
    • current wind in km/h and knots
    • accessibility features
    • widget on Android
    • tablet-friendly design

    Please be advised the existing BOM Weather app will be replaced when the user updates the app on their device. After an appropriate period, the existing BOM Weather app will be turned off and users will be required to update to the new version. The new BOM Weather app is compatible with Android 6 and iOS 11 or later devices.

    The Bureau's other mobile-friendly weather service, www.weather.bom.gov.au, continues to remain accessible on any device.

  • Upgrade to forecast wind maps (ACCESS model)

    Scheduled Release Date: Week of 30 March 2020

    Forecast wind maps for marine and agricultural services will be upgraded to incorporate the new ACCESS-G numerical weather prediction model.

    The new model incorporates extensive scientific improvements, leading to an improvement in forecast skill of typically 6 to 12 hours relative to the previous version at forecast lead times of three or more days. The new ACCESS-G model also supersedes the existing ACCESS-R regional model.

    The change will adjust the update schedule of the maps. The maps will be updated four times a day at approximately 7:10am, 11:30am, 7:10pm, and 11:10pm AEST. Note that the 6 hourly map products are only updated twice day at 7:30am and 7:10pm AEST.

  • m.bom.gov.au

    Scheduled Release Date: 14th February 2020

    After a period of beta testing, the Bureau has released a new weather webpage www.weather.bom.gov.au which is accessible to anyone with a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    The webpage includes the Bureau's weather warnings, forecasts and observations (all specific to the user's location) in a modern and accessible format. It also includes features such as:

    • a completely new-look radar viewer, allowing users to pan and zoom between radars;
    • regularly updated advice on whether it's likely to rain at a location (if radar coverage is available);
    • three-hourly weather forecasts for the next 48-hours showing how the weather will change throughout the next two days; and
    • metadata showing when the forecast was published, and where observation data are sourced.

    Please be advised the existing m.bom.gov.au page will be decommissioned on the 30/04/2020 update all bookmarks and links to the new weather.bom.gov.au page.

    The Bureau's other mobile-friendly weather service, the BOM Weather app, continues to be available for Apple and Android smartphone users.

  • Water Data Online

    Scheduled Release Date: 14th February 2020

    The Environmental Information Explorer site has been decommissioned. The Environmental Information Explorer displayed a 'Water Resources Stations' catalogue that was last updated in 2009. Climate and water data can be accessed online from Climate Data Online, Water Data Online and Australia Rainfall and River Conditions. To receive a csv data file of the 2009 Environmental Information Explorer dataset contact water@bom.gov.au.

  • Upgrade to Interactive Weather and Wave Charts

    Scheduled Release Date: 3rd February 2020

    Charts in the Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Maps will be upgraded to incorporate the new ACCESS-G numerical weather prediction model.

    The new model incorporates extensive scientific improvements, leading to an improvement in forecast skill of typically 6 to 12 hours relative to the previous version at forecast lead times of three or more days. The new ACCESS-G model also supersedes the existing ACCESS-R regional model. All charts will display data from ACCESS-G from the week commencing 3 February 2020.

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