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The 7 Best Weather Widgets for Windows

Emma Roth Updated 20-01-2020

Keeping the tabs on the weather isn’t the most exciting activity in the world, but it’s usually a necessity. While a small number of people have the luxury of living in areas with a stable climate, many of us live in areas where a sunny day can be lost to a thunderstorm in just a few minutes.

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There are many ways to find out about the weather, and one of them is by using Windows gadgets. Unfortunately, Microsoft removed this feature after Windows 7, so we’ll have to work around this. Let’s take a look at some of the best Windows weather widgets for keeping tabs on mother nature.

How to Get Windows Gadgets

Before diving into the list of desktop weather Windows gadgets, you should know how to get these widgets to work in the first place. Windows 10 no longer has the convenient gadgets feature that Windows 7 came with, so you’ll have to install a third-party app to take your desktop back in time.

Make sure to read this article on how to get Windows 10 gadgets on your desktop How to Get Windows 10 Gadgets for Your Desktop Desktop gadgets were taken away in Windows 8. Here's how you can bring widgets back to your Windows 10 desktop. Read More before continuing.

For this article, I installed 8GadgetPack. By default, 8GadgetPack comes with some of the apps I’ve put on this list, including Chameleon Weather, MSN Weather, and My Weather.

Any other apps on the list come from Win7Gadgets, which is a site worth checking out if you’re looking for more gadgets to add to your desktop.

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The following weather gadgets still work, despite being many years old.

1. MSN Weather Widget

MSN Weather Windows Gadgets

The default view of the MSN app simply shows the name of your city, the temperature, and a graphic that indicates current weather conditions and time. If you click on the name of the city you will open up the MSN weather page in your browser, while clicking elsewhere on the widget will open a five-day extended forecast.

While there are no options to show information like humidity, wind speed, or radar, it still holds up as a useful weather tool that’s fun to check every day.

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Download: MSN Weather Widget

2. Chameleon Weather

Chameleon Weather Windows Gadgets

Out of all the apps on this list, Chameleon Weather is the most simple. It merely shows the highs and lows for your city and displays the current weather conditions.

After searching for and selecting your city in the settings, the app will do the rest of the work for you—it automatically pulls up the forecast for your area. Plus, it’s small enough to tuck away in the corner of your desktop without taking up too much space.

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Download: Chameleon Weather

3. AccuWeather

AccuWeather Windows Gadgets

Not only is AccuWeather one of the best websites for finding out the upcoming forecast, but it also comes in the form of a bite-sized Windows weather gadget.

Clicking on the blue icon in the top left of the AccuWeather gadget allows you to specify your location. The gadget will then show your city’s current temperature and weather conditions. Select the center of the gadget to open up a handy five-day forecast.

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You can view an even more detailed forecast by clicking on your city’s name—the gadget will redirect you to AccuWeather’s website for more information. Similarly, clicking a “plus” button underneath one of the days on the weekly forecast will bring you to that specific day on AccuWeather’s website.

Download: AccuWeather Forecast

4. My Weather

My Weather Windows Gadgets

If you want a detailed forecast on your desktop, this Windows 10 weather widget is the way to go. At first glance, My Weather looks like a simple gadget that displays a weather graphic and a temperature. However, once you enlarge it, you’ll see a three-day forecast, along with humidity, wind speed, and the “feels like” temperature.

In addition to all these useful features, this gadget also offers extensive customization options. You can change the color of the gadget’s background, change the look of the text, as well as incorporate the sunrise and sunset times.

Download: My Weather

5. WeatherEye

WeatherEye Windows Gadgets

WeatherEye is another great desktop weather widget for Windows 10. As soon as you input your location and enlarge it, the gadget will show you the temperature, weather conditions, humidity, wind speed, pressure, and a two-day forecast.

Click on the Weather Maps link at the bottom of the gadget, and a radar on the Weather Network’s website will appear in your browser. Just keep in mind that the Weather Cameras and Traffic & Roads links no longer work properly.

Download: WeatherEye

6. Yrweather

Yrweather Windows Gadget

The Yrweather Windows weather gadget for Windows 10 might not look the most attractive, but it still provides an accurate forecast. However, this gadget doesn’t offer forecasts for smaller towns and cities. When you browse through its selection of cities for your country, you’ll find only the major ones listed.

The gadget’s main screen displays the current precipitation amount, weather conditions, temperature, wind speed, as well as wind direction. To view the forecast for the next four days, click the blue arrow at the bottom left corner of the gadget.

Download: Yrweather

7. M’s Black Glass Weather

M's Black Glass Weather Gadget Windows

M’s Black Glass Weather widget has “Black Glass” in its name for a reason—the widget’s background is a transparent black color. That way, your weather widget doesn’t have to fully cover anything on your desktop.

Like most gadgets on this list, it displays the bare minimum on its default screen. You’ll only see the weather conditions and temperature before expanding the widget. When you click on the widget, it’ll show you the forecast for the rest of the week. It includes brief, written descriptions of the forecast as well.

Download: M’s Black Glass Weather

Keep Track of the Forecast With Desktop Weather Widgets

While you might think Windows widgets are a thing of the past, some of them are still alive and well on Windows 10. Not to mention that having weather widgets right on your desktop is super convenient—you can find out the forecast with just a quick glance!

If having a weather widget on your Windows computer isn’t enough, you should think about installing a weather app on your phone. These free weather apps will provide you with the forecast 5 Free Weather Apps for Forecasts, Climate-Based Advice, and Fun Bad weather can ruin plans. So here are a few ways to find out the weather and have some fun with it. Read More , and even give you climate-based advice.

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  1. Jeremiah
    July 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I have a question about the MSN gadget. Today, for example, is Monday, and the gadget displays the 5 day forecast, and it says TODAY, MON, TUE, WED, THURS as its "5 days"

    Any idea why it shows "today" and "monday" when today is Monday?

  2. D Hardy
    December 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    According to Microsoft Weather Channel is no longer avaible

  3. Someone
    November 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Weather channel sucks, everyone hand and hand with Microsoft to force user to another OS which sucks. Move on to Linux.

  4. Anonymous
    September 8, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Found a working link for the Weather Center listed above.

    http://win7gadgets.com/weather/weather_center.html

  5. Brent Rossiter
    April 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Oh Wow. I just tried another provider (Wunderground.com) on the umbrella one, and it stuck and stayed on my city when set. That's the umbrella one. Its actually a very nice weather gadget. Maybe my new favourite.

  6. Brent Rossiter
    April 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hmm. The Umbrella one did eventually load. I remember this one now, and I think I have had it working before. Its the one that has multiple providers to choose from. Forceca was the one I liked, but its not there now. Accu seems to work, but I see what you mean. Its set to my city, but still says NY??. But the other one works good. Weather Center. Its the same one listed here near the top of this webpage. The 2nd one.

  7. Brent Rossiter
    April 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Heather. (Dunno if youll see this, as your name has no reply option).
    Im not sure which one you are trying, but I just now downloaded the latest 8Gadgetpack and installed it on my W8. It has more gadgets than before even (60), and 4 weather ones that I can see. On the last page Of 4, are 3 weather gadgets. 1st is the original W7 one, the last umbrella one I cant get to load, but the middle one, "Weather Center" is my favourite. Lots of info. On Page 2 on the bottom line, is one called "My Weather". That works great too, and is a very small basic stripped down one. Works great too. Good Luck.

  8. Brent Rossiter
    April 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    That's good. Just keep all the comments about gadgets that DONT work and KEEP links up that are LONG defunct.
    But disallow the comment with actual gadgets that WORK and are CURRENT.
    Yeah. Good one!!

    • heather
      April 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Hi someone pasted your comment into her reply adn I saw it!
      THANK YOU!!! I used your link and got a weather gadget on my desktop. Not perfect, but at least I have one now. I had a laptop that was stolen and replaced, so I still have windows 7 (and like it) but when I set up the new laptop Gadgets no longer worked. I searched and tried a few things to get my weather back with no luck until I found your links. So I have 1 choice with what I installed for weather and it displays my city and temp. Any way to get my sun, clouds, rain, etc on that small widget? if not,, I am just happy to have the temp on there!!! THANK YOU again.

      Brent Rossiter
      April 4, 2015
      There are a few options about now. I have tried 2 of them, and found them to be just as safe and the same as the W7 gadgets. Gadgetsrevived was the 1st one, then I used 8Gadgetpack, and it has about 4 times as many, and several different weather choices. The Weather Center one listed here is included in Gadgetpack. It works very well. http://8gadgetpack.net/

    • heather
      April 6, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I have an issue with this new weather widget. It works!!! BUT....
      I changed my zip/ city and *C to *F and it shows in the setting it is changed, but the widget still is showing New York and *C. If anyone has a fix for this please let me know.

  9. Sue
    March 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I like MSN weather gadget the best-the 5 day forecast. Recently purchased a new laptop and installed MSN weather gadget on it also. I have several on my desktop for different areas. One won't obtain exact town on new laptop but did on old laptop. Both are windows 7. Help.

    • heather
      April 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      please tell me how you did that as Windows 7 no longer supports gadgets. I recently replaced my stolen laptop and have windows 7 and would like weather back on my desktop. I have not been successful at finding anything that will work.

  10. FR
    March 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Please update this subject. Gadgets have been discontinued by Windows so your links are no longer valid.

  11. Perry
    February 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    None of these work on Win7.

    • Carolyn
      April 7, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Thank you for posting this. I have Windows 7 and as usual Microsoft wants you to purchase another.......
      To date my windows95 worked the best but ....purchase (this) because Microsoft no longer supports....

  12. Azrael
    February 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

    JDnHuntsvilleAL,

    I think you're referring to the actual full desktop app version and not the widget.

  13. JDnHuntsvilleAL
    February 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I thought WeatherBug was, well, a bug, a small applicaiton similar to the old Windows Weather Gadget. Not only did it take up most of my screen (at 1600 x 900 res), it doesn't even have an EXIT button on it. Don't recommend it to anyone.

    • heather
      April 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      THANK YOU for stating it was very large. NOT what I want, so I am glad I read this before I installed it onto my laptop.

  14. Anna
    February 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I cannot install any of these because of the following message. Thanks for nothing, Microsoft.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gadgets

    • Brent Rossiter
      April 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      There are a few options about now. I have tried 2 of them, and found them to be just as safe and the same as the W7 gadgets. Gadgetsrevived was the 1st one, then I used 8Gadgetpack, and it has about 4 times as many, and several different weather choices. The Weather Center one listed here is included in Gadgetpack. It works very well. http://8gadgetpack.net/

  15. Ray
    February 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

    As Microsoft has discontinued widgets none of the above can now be installed!

  16. hadj
    August 25, 2010 at 6:11 am

    WeatherCenter has up to 9 days forecast and make a double click on it to visit providers website.

  17. Mike
    August 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    My vote is for Simply Weather. Most layout options, most language options, and it has weather alerts.

  18. Aibek
    August 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    another vote for weather center

  19. Teamcurtisfamily
    August 11, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Weather Bug has been a great application. Been using it since 2005. Thanks for the other suggestions as well.

  20. Tinny
    August 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    'Weather Centre' is really good AND it DOES HAVE a forecast feature - up to 8 days.

    • M.S. Smith
      August 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

      How do you access that? I can only get it to open a 3-day in a browser window when I double-click.

  21. John in Austria
    August 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Excellent! Thanks very much. I was searching for a Weather gadget, and just love Weather Center because it works with Weather Underground, the best weather center around.