Google added a “weather layer” on Google Maps today as of August 18, and that displays current temps and conditions around the globe. “Enabling the weather layer also gives you an instant weather report for friends and family living around the world,” notes Jonah Jones, User Experience Designer.
“To add the weather layer, hover over the widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps and select the weather layer from the list of options. When zoomed out, you’ll see a map with current weather conditions from U.S. Naval Research Lab. And, if you look closely, you can also tell if it’s day or night around the world by sun and moon icons,” Jones explained.
“Clicking on the weather icon for a particular city will open an info window with detailed data like current humidity and wind conditions, as well as a forecast for the next four days.”
“Changing the units of wind speed (Mph/KMph) and temperature (F/C), and enabling or disabling the clouds (when you’re zoomed out), can also be done from the left-hand panel,” Jones added.
Watch the weather layer in action in the video below: