What are feeds?
Feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest information in one place, as soon as it's published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
Feeds are generally known as RSS ('Really Simple Syndication') which are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.
BBC Weather provides RSS feeds for forecasts and observations, as well as for a few other bits of information that we publish. Examples of these feeds are shown on the right hand side of this page.
You can also access RSS feeds directly from pages on the site - the orange RSS icon appears when a feed is available.
How do I start using feeds?
You will need one of the following to read RSS feeds:
Modern web browser
Most modern browsers, including Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome automatically check for feeds when you visit a website, and display the orange RSS icon when they find one. Many of them allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.
Web-based RSS reader
Web-based RSS readers check feeds and display any new information that has been added. They let you catch up with your feed subscriptions from any computer, making this option useful if you want to access the feeds from multiple computers or devices.
Desktop feed reader
Some email software allows you to read RSS feeds. In addition, there is dedicated feed reader software available that you can download and install on your computer.
How do I get an RSS reader?
There is a range of different RSS readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.
Different readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.
Once you have chosen one, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the forecast feed for Brighton, simply visit the Brighton page and you will notice an orange RSS button on your browser in the 5 Day Forecast box.
If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed.
Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.
If you run your own website, you can display information from other websites on your own site using RSS.
We encourage the use of BBC Weather feeds as part of a website, however, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when BBC Weather content appears. The attribution text should read "BBC Weather" or "bbc.co.uk/weather" as appropriate. You may not use any BBC logo or other BBC trademark.
for full details.
If you want to use BBC Weather content for any purposes or in any way that does not comply with the above terms you will need to obtain the consent of the Met Office
(the provider and copyright owner of the weather content).
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