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Python interface to the Met Office's Datapoint API

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Datapoint for Python

A Python module for accessing weather data via the Met Office’s open data API known as `Datapoint`.

Disclaimer: This module is in no way part of the datapoint project/service. This module is intended to simplify the use of Datapoint for small Python projects (e.g school projects). No support for this module is provided by the Met Office and may break as the Datapoint service grows/evolves. The author will make reasonable efforts to keep it up to date and fully featured.


  • Explicitly state the use of semantic versioning in

  • Add elements() function to Timestep.

  • Remove night/day indication from weather codes which have them.

  • Change the logic used to calculate the closest timestep to a datetime. The closest timestep to the datetime is now used. Add a new function, Forecast.at_datetime(target) to do this. has been changed to use this new function. The old behaviour is deprecated and available using Forecast.now_old(). Forecast.future() has been changed to use this new function. The old behaviour is deprecated and available using Forecast.future_old().

  • Check if keys are returned from datapoint api in Do not attempt to read the values from the dict if they are not there.


$ pip install datapoint

You will also require a Datapoint API key from


  • List forecast sites

  • Get nearest forecast site from latitiude and longitude

  • Get the following 5 day forecast types for any site

  • Daily (Two timesteps, midday and midnight UTC)

  • 3 hourly (Eight timesteps, every 3 hours starting at midnight UTC)

  • Get observation sites

  • Get observations for any site

Contributing changes

Please feel free to submit issues and pull requests.



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