Want to know the local weather or forecast? How about looking up the current weather and climate for an area of the world you’ll be visiting soon?
There are a ton of websites out there that will provide you with the necessary information, but which are the best?
Right on the front page, SAT24 provides animated wind, rain and temperature maps for different areas of the world. You can also pull up a detailed weather forecast for your local area.
Additional forecasts are available for potential earthquakes, wave heights, lighting, and more.
You can also filter the weather by country, broken up in the top menu by continent.
2. National Weather Service
If you want international weather and forecasts, you won’t find it here. What you will find, however, are comprehensive weather listings for the United States.
Not only are rain and extreme weather patterns tracked, but a variety of alerts can also be seen when they are in effect. Those alerts include tornado, flash flood, avalanche, high surf, and even air quality warnings.
You can also view an active doppler radar chart to see where weather patterns and stormfronts will be across the country.
3. World Weather Information Service
Like many of the other sites, you’ll find an interactive map on the front page of the World Weather Information Service’s site. The main map allows you to view present weather and temperature patterns, as well as current forecasts.
On the right-hand side of the map — which you can see in the screenshot — there is a sidebar that allows you to hone in on a particular location.
By choosing an option such as Africa or South America from the dropdown, the main map will focus on that section of the world. There are individual pages for each region too.
4. Weather Underground
Previously called Intellicast, the site has now been merged with Weather Underground.
Upon opening the Weather Underground page, the first thing you’ll notice at the top is a local forecast — after the site detects your current location.
If you go to the Intellicast page specifically, you can also view weather maps in radar, satellite and temperature formats. You can also access them from the main site by choosing “Maps & Radar” in the top menu.
In any case, Weather Underground provides a wide variety of current climate and weather maps, which you can peruse at your leisure.
Claiming to provide “superior accuracy” AccuWeather will automatically detect your current city and region, displaying the most relevant information for you on the front page.
You’ll see a forecast for your local city and additional major cities in your area.
You’ll also see a radar weather map, which in my case showed the greater United States.
If you live in another country you’ll see that represented instead. You can also browse other maps manually by selecting “More Maps” in the bottom right.
6. Excite Weather
At first glance, the Excite Weather site is pretty bland. You’ll find no interactive or dynamic maps on the front page.
Instead, there’s merely a list of available content, with a toggle at the top to swap between U.S. regional maps and international ones.
Choose a region, and you can then select between satellite, high-res, low-res and precipitation (rain) maps for the area. The maps themselves are provided by The Weather Channel, but they’re always up-to-date, albeit in a static form.
WeatherBug is definitely one of the more modern and attractive looking sites on the list. The front page — as you can see in the screenshot — presents a variety of information in its tiled theme.
You’ll find the current temperature and forecast for your local area, weather and air quality details for the days ahead, pollen and spark lighting stats and even a live radar map.
Obviously, my map was of Florida and my local area but yours will show wherever you are located — so long as you have your location data available.
There are many sites where you can see the current weather, local temperatures and even forecasts for the coming days. You aren’t necessarily confined to your local area, as you have access to international maps too.
It’s also worth mentioning that many of these sites rely on your current location data, which is pulled regardless of your platform — desktop or mobile.
If you are using a VPN, then obviously, the site will show the information for the registered IP you’re using.
If you have location services off, then the information will not display, some sites won’t work properly either. This is just something to keep in mind.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to reply in a timely manner.