Service Announcements


All scheduled release dates are subject to change due to technical and operational requirements.
  • New weather webpage weather.bom.gov.au released

    Scheduled Release Date:25 July 2019

    After a period of beta testing, the Bureau has released a new weather webpage 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.

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

    The webpage is the first step towards a new Bureau website, which will be released in 2020.

  • Standard wind warnings to replace the Small Craft Alert in Tasmania

    Scheduled Release Date:Week of 8 July 2019

    Following consultation with key stakeholders and partners, the Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes in Tasmania will receive wind warnings using standard categories (e.g. Strong Wind Warnings) instead of Small Craft Alerts.

    This change is to improve the consistency of wind warnings provided in waterways across Tasmania. Information about average wind speeds less than 26 knots on these lakes will continue to be available in the local waters forecasts, and on MetEye.

  • Changes to the Marine Wind Forecast Viewer – update frequency and colour scale

    Scheduled Release Date:20 May 2019

    Based on customer feedback, the Bureau will be making changes to the Marine Wind Forecast Viewer.

    Forecasts will be updated four times per day (instead of twice per day) at approximately 0700, 0900, 1900, and 2100 UTC. This will help customers make decisions informed by the latest information from the ACCESS model.

    The colours and numbers on the chart legend will change to be better aligned with the wind speed forecast (in knots) shown in the MetEye and the Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Map Viewer. This change will make it easier for customers to interpret the forecast and compare wind speeds when switching between products.

  • WA Coastal Radars Upgrade – Geraldton

    Scheduled Release Date:18 March 2019

    On 18 March 2019, the radar at Geraldton in Western Australia will be temporarily turned off for a period of approximately 12 weeks. This is to allow for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Doppler Radar which will replace the current radar.

    During the outage, 3-hourly forecasts, satellite images updated every 10 minutes, and weather observations updated every 30 minutes for the area will still be available via our MetEye, Satellite Viewer, and Latest Weather Observations webpages.

    When fully installed, the Doppler Radar will provide enhanced weather data to boost agribusiness capacity and emergency services in the region.

    Funding for the upgrade has been provided by the Western Australian Government Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

    Learn more.

  • Updated version of the BOM Weather app

    Scheduled Release Date: 5 March 2019

    An updated version of the BOM Weather app is scheduled for release on 5 March 2019.

    The release will fix a minor bug reported through customer feedback, regarding the display of radar outage notifications. A new feature will ensure that the app displays the same information that is on the website during a radar outage.

    Download or update the BOM Weather app through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Learn more about the BOM Weather app.

  • WA Coastal Radars Upgrade – Albany

    Scheduled Release Date: 5 February 2019

    On 5 February 2019, the radar at Albany will be temporarily turned off for a period of approximately 12 weeks. This is to allow for the installation of a new state of the art Doppler Radar which will replace the current radar.

    Included in this project is the upgrade of the Geraldton radar which will be turned off during the week of the 18th March 2019 for approximately 12 weeks.

    During the outage, 3 hourly forecasts, 10 minute updated satellite images and weather observations every 30 minutes for the area will still be available via our MetEye, Satellite Viewer and Observation sites.

    When fully installed the Doppler Radar will provide enhanced weather data to boost agribusiness capacity and emergency services in the region.

    Funding for the upgrade has been provided by the WA State Government Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

    More details here.

  • New 'Southern' high seas forecast and warning area

    Scheduled Release Date: 6 February 2019

    From 6 February 2019, the Bureau of Meteorology will provide forecast and ocean wind warning services for a new 'Southern' area that extends from 50°S to 65°S, and between 80°E and 160°E.

    Ocean wind warnings for this area will be issued as needed and updated every 6 hours.

    The products are primarily distributed to ships via the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System on the satellite SafetyNET system. They will also be available on the Bureau's website, MarineLite, and HF radio services.

    View maps of the high seas forecast and warning areas.

  • Updated version of the BOM Weather app

    Scheduled Release Date: 14 January 2019

    The Bureau will release an update of the BOM Weather app on 14 January 2019*.

    The release will fix some minor bugs reported by users following the update in December 2018. Users will now be able to see sunrise and sunset times for all locations regardless of time zone.

    Download or update the BOM Weather app through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Learn more about the BOM Weather app.

  • Additional forecasts for New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia

    Scheduled Release Date: 9 January 2019

    The Bureau of Meteorology is now producing précis forecasts for seven additional locations across New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. The forecasts have a concise, summary statement (known as a 'précis' forecast) that describes the expected weather for each of the seven days ahead.

    The new locations are:

  • New Giant Hail threshold for Severe Thunderstorm Warning Service

    Scheduled Release Date: 5 to 7 December 2018

    The Bureau is improving the Severe Thunderstorm Warning services by introducing a new threshold for hail. In addition to warning for Large Hail (diameter 2cm or greater) the Bureau will be issuing warnings for Giant Hail (diameter 5cm or greater).

    When 5cm or greater hail is expected or observed the severe thunderstorm warning will specifically mention the risk of “Giant Hail” in the title, graphic and warning text.

    See latest warnings at www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings/

  • New version of the BOM Weather app

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 December 2018

    The Bureau will release a new version of the BOM Weather app on 12 December 2018. The new version will have:

    • sunrise and sunset times (accessed by clicking on today's forecast icon, or any of the daily forecast icons);
    • visual cues (arrows) to help users quickly navigate between forecast days;
    • improved performance for iOS devices to retain favourite and recent locations; and
    • other bug fixes and improvements to user experience.

    Download or update the BOM Weather app through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Learn more about the BOM Weather app.

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