Google shuts down their weather API

If you’ve been using our weather widget plugin you will have noticed by now it no longer works. The reason is Google quietly retired their weather API that we were relying on for the data.

As a result we’re putting the plugin on hiatus until we have some time to find and implement a reliable API that won’t cause you these problems again. The difficulty is in finding an API that won’t cost us or you anything!

We apologise for the inconvenience to you but in the meantime we recommend switching to one of the following sources for your weather widgets:

Thanks to everyone who has used and supported and given us great feedback our weather widget since it’s release, we really appreciate it 🙂


katzwebdesign has a WordPress plugin that utilises the API and it looks pretty sweet too:

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  • JamrikNet 3 / Jan / 2013 at 9:14 pm

    You can try free weather data from I made with their weather data.

  • Mitchell 29 / Nov / 2012 at 1:25 am

    Worked in office a few years ago, where “Weather Bug” was crashing Windows PCs. Used this API to replace WB with a low-overhead Java desktop app. It reduced support calls.

  • Robert Dall 14 / Oct / 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hey Robert you should mention that the Google has shut down there API on the description of your plugin on that might prevent a lot of frustration 🙂

  • Sharon 3 / Oct / 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Oh no! I can’t believe Google! I love your weather widget. Nothing else even compares. I’ve looked for another alternative and have decided I’d rather do without. You just can’t beat the quality, look and style of your widget. I await in anticipation and hope you manage to sort something out soon.

    A ICIT fan!

  • Trevan 10 / Sep / 2012 at 12:31 am

    Luckily the site I integrated your plugin with is still in development! I noticed it quit working a while back but figured it was on my end. Thanks for the update!

    The reason I loved yours so much is because I could customize it and basically take parts of the widget that I needed (just the icon and temp). No other service or plugin out there has that level of customization that I can find. Do you know of any more similar to yours than the & Wunderground ones where I can literally just display custom icons and the temp? A point in the right direction would be much appreciated if you have any idea. If not, I guess I’ll have to blame it on Google to the client!


    • Robert O'Rourke
      Robert O'Rourke 10 / Sep / 2012 at 12:24 pm

      If you’re up for the challenge Wunderground have a decent API that lets you get 3 days worth of data for free with a limit of 200 requests per day. You’d have to write something to pull in and display that data. Within WordPress you’d need to follow these steps:

      1. use wp_remote_post() to fetch the data
      2. use a new SimpleXML object or if JSON is available json_decode() the data
      3. store that data in a transient or option using set_transient() or update_option() respectively
      4. write a display function to output the data how you want it

      I’m going to be emailing Wunderground to see what the implications of writing a distributed plugin will be as for more intensive usage or for more days worth of data & requests they start to charge.

  • Rachel 7 / Sep / 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the update. Yours is the best weather widget out there!