The Bureau of Meteorology has redesigned its website for smartphone users, making it quicker and easier for people to access Australia’s official weather forecasts using their mobile device.

“The Bureau is releasing a preview of the mobile website today for public testing and feedback, before formally releasing the site,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.

“The new mobile-friendly weather website will provide smartphone users with quicker and easier access to current weather information, weather forecasts, warnings and rain radars, helping people make informed decisions and plan their day on the go.

“The Bureau’s mobile weather website is the only mobile weather service that provides pinpointed weather forecasts using a six kilometre grid, providing users with the most accurate and localised information as they move around.

“The mobile weather website is the Bureau’s first mobile product offering for smartphone users. The Bureau is currently developing weather apps for Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS platforms, which are scheduled to be released later this year.”

The Bureau of Meteorology’s website is one of the most popular websites in Australia. It is the number one government site, and also the number one site for weather information.

“The Bureau has responded to demand for further engagement with the public through its use of social media channels, such as Facebook. This strong social media presence builds on the popularity of the Bureau’s website, which received more than 471 million visits last financial year,” said Senator Simon Birmingham.

Members of the public are encouraged to test the mobile weather website and provide their feedback on the site.

During the testing phase of the Bureau’s mobile weather website, smartphone users will need to enter the URL and bookmark it, or save it to their home screen for instant access.