There are six standard weather services in the official Kodi repository. Most are free to use, but some require registration on their websites in order to get the most out of them.
The official Kodi weather add-ons are:
- OpenWeatherMap Extended
- Weather Underground
- Yahoo! Weather
- Met Office
- Oz Weather (Australia specific weather)
- Weather China (China specific weather)
Each of these services has their pros and cons, so I recommend trying them out and seeing which you prefer. The basic installation process is the same for each, although as I mentioned earlier, you may need to go to the service’s web site in order to register.
I’ll outline the installation for both Yahoo! Weather below.
Getting Weather Information
We’ll go over installing a weather service in a moment, but I wanted to cover how to get the forecast first.
Once you have a weather service installed, you can navigate to Weather section of the menu on the left hand side of screen. Clicking on this option will bring up the most recent weather data, depending on your add-on choices.
Installing Weather Add-ons
No matter which of the Kodi Weather add-ons you choose, the installation process will start the same. From the main Kodi home screen, scroll down to the Weathersection of the menu and you’ll see a screen that looks something like this:
You’ll have the option to Set a Weather Provider or Remove this main menu item. At the moment, there’s not much here because we haven’t installed a service yet.
The first line in the main window will let you choose the Service for weather information. Click anywhere on that line in order to bring up the service selection screen.
This screen will show you which weather add-ons you have installed on Kodi on this machine. At the moment there’s nothing here, but on the right hand side there’s a button that says Get more…
Here you can select which weather service you want to use. There’s no harm in trying a few of them out. You can only have one weather service active at any time and you can switch back and forth between services very easily.
Installing Yahoo! Weather
Yahoo! Weather is one of the more popular Kodi Weather services because it is easy to configure and doesn’t require any additional information from the user other than what city you want the forecast for.
From the Get more… window, scroll down until you see that Yahoo! Weatheradd-on and click it to install. After a very brief installation process, you’ll be back at the Weather – Settings window, but Yahoo! Weather will appear on the top line as the Service for weather information.
Yahoo! Weather is installed, but it still needs to be configured for your particular city. There is a single Settings option on the second line of the main window, directly underneath the Service for weather information line. Click on Settingsto pull up the Location Setup window.
You can enter in several different cities depending on how simple or complicated you want your weather forecast to be. For me, I’m only interested in the city closest to me: Orlando, Florida. To enter a city, click on the line that says Location 1.
On the popup keyboard, type in the name of the city. I tried several different cities and small towns of various sizes and I wasn’t able to find one that Yahoo! couldn’t recognize – even several ‘one stoplight’ towns I know.
If there is more than one entry for a particular city, Yahoo! will ask you to choose which one you meant. Since I’m not looking for the Orlando in South Africa or Brazil, I chose the top entry: Orlando (Florida -US).
Once you make your selection, you’re taken back to the Location Setup screen. Repeat the process for as many cities as you want weather information for. Once you’re done, click OK to continue.
Go back to the Kodi home screen and click on the Weather option to bring up the latest Yahoo! Weather information.
Within Yahoo! Weather, the sidebar menu will let you scroll through multiple locations if you have have them set up. It will also let you manually refresh the data and quickly jump back to the Weather Settings menu.