The Met Éireann website has achieved the international Web Accessibility standard WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
Screen Reader Access
Software can be downloaded to enable your computer or device to read ‘out loud’ the words and certain data on our website, the words are then read ‘out loud’ by your computer. This is useful for people who have reading difficulties, mild vision disabilities or for whom English is a second language.
Because the information on our Weather Map at the top of our homepage is visual, we have provided an accessible solution to communicate the forecast data in the images, but it is based on a set location. This version of our homepage provides the user with easy access to the same text weather forecast and post-processed numerical weather prediction. This webpage is available at https://www.met.ie/forecasts/accessible-forecast/
When the user enters the homepage at www.met.ie the screen reader software will give the option ‘Alternative accessible version available’. Please select this. It then gives the option to ‘skip to main content’.
If you don’t skip, the reader will read out the contents of the website header. Your device may have already geo-located and will generate a weather forecast for there. If not, use the Enter Location prompt in the header to find a forecast for a location selectable from the list of suggestions when you start typing*. The screen reader will also list the website menu options. Then continue to main content. Or skip to main content. The Accessible Forecast page will read with the National and Regional Forecast text and the ‘Location – 7 day Outlook’ weather forecast as described in the legend underneath. Select a day to open that hourly weather forecast page. The screen reader will read this content.
You can find our other forecasts products and reports via the menu. These pages are compatible with screen reader software.
*If your chosen location is not available on the location list, please send the location request to email@example.com .
The Accessible Forecast page in the Forecast menu also provides a low-bandwidth solution for such users.
Homepage Weather Maps
The homepage Weather Maps will work on the following browser versions, operating systems and above:
- Chrome – Version 40 and above
- Firefox – Version 37 and above
- Edge – All versions
- Internet Explorer – Version 10 and higher
- Safari – Version 10.7 (MacOS)
These browsers have the required SNI support to view the website.
The Accessible Forecast page and the hourly pages are printer friendly.
Accessing videos, images and documents
Your browser will tell you if you need to download software or a plugin to view this type of content. For example, Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files on this site. A free copy can be downloaded from the Adobe website.
Our reports are downloadable in .csv format which can be opened in a spreadsheet or a text editor. Other reports open in an HTML page. Certain bulk data is downloadable in a zip file. All images have Caption descriptions unless they are decorative in which case they have null values.
We have developed a guide to using the website and app
iOS App Version
To use the Mobile App on iOS devices you must have version 10 or higher of the OS installed.