Integrate Weather Data on Your Homepage With Weatherstack API

MakeUseOf | 9/23/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Want to share the latest weather details with your website visitors? Widgets and other code that display location-based weather forecasts are increasingly popular, particularly on news and sports-based sites. Such details also appear on mobile apps and even home screens.

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This is thanks to APIs (application programming interfaces), which are essentially software that you use for building other software. Here’s how weatherstack API lets you add weather data to your website.

Why Does Your Site or App Need a Weather API?

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Unless you’re prepared to maintain your own database of current weather around the world, your websites need a weather API. It’s either this, or checking the weather manually for every single visitor or app user. Obviously, doing so is out of the question.

Weather APIs provide access to collated data from weather stations. This allows for the provision of live weather information to end users via websites, apps, or even desktop widgets.

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All you need to do is access an API endpoint and format the data to provide information to your users.

The weatherstack API features a collection of tools for a variety of programming languages, backed up by location-based weather data. Six endpoints are available:

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Current Weather: Delivers current weather data.

Historical Weather: View historical weather data.

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Historical Time-Series: Returns historical time-series weather data.

Weather Forecast: Get weather forecasts for up to 14 days.

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Location Lookup: Check weather at one or multiple locations.

Meanwhile, weatherstack API also promises hour-by-hour weather data for millions of locations worldwide. The data is delivered in milliseconds from a server with almost 100 percent uptime.

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Interested in creating a weather app with the weatherstack API? Try it out with...
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