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Weather forecast 45% open

Saudi Arabia

What data is expected?

5 days forecast of temperature, precipitation and wind as well as recorded data for temperature, wind and precipitation for the past year. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for this category, data submitted should meet the following criteria:

  • 5 days forecast of temperature updated daily
  • 5 days forecast of wind updated daily
  • 5 days forecast of precipitation updated daily
  • Historical temperature data for the past year

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? No (n/a)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Weather / 5 Days Forecast published by Presidency of Meteorology and Environment)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


As for the 5 days weather forecast, it is provided by the Saudi Presidency of Meteorology and Environment here (, there is also radar readings from different stations ( The map here ( shows those stations. The forecast data includes temperature, wind speed, humidity and symbols for thunderstorms, rain and sunny, etc.

Historic data is a bit problematic here, the Saudi Open Data Portal ( provides datasets for temperature (, wind (, humidity (, thunderstorms (, fog (, etc. However, when accessed the most recent XLS files, they are of 2013.

Note, although the data on the Open Data portal is in bulk and openly licensed, that on the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment is copyrighted, and since we gave more weight to the latter as the former is not up to date. We answered the questions about licensing and machine readability according to how the information is presented in the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment

Reviewer comments

This submission is accepted as the dataset contains 5 days of forecast data for temperature and precipitation.



  • Neal Bastek


  • Tarek Amr