Founded in July 2009, the Essex Weather Forecasting Centre has established itself as one of the leading local weather forecasting sites in the United Kingdom.

Following consultation with Essex business owners, tourism bosses and local Government authorities in 2009, it was clear that the country needed a local weather service which had to be unbiased and accessible to all.

Since day one, we have provided a free public forecasting service to the public via our website, community radio and local weekly newspapers.

In May 2020, we launched our current fully-responsive website along side Apps for both Apple (iOS) and Android mobile phones.


Weather Station Network

The Essex Weather Forecasting Centre co-owns a network of weather stations across the county. These automatic, quality controlled stations send detailed weather and climate observations via the 4G mobile network every 10 minutes.

Data from the weather station network is used to track severe weather events and passed onto local authorities for emergency planning use.

  • Broomfield - alt. 43m (Site Opened in August 2009)
  • Clacton - alt. 1m (Site Opened in September 2011)
  • Crays Hill - alt. 64m (Site Opened in February 2011)
  • Elsenham - alt. 76m (Site Opened in November 2012)
  • Finchingfield - alt.74m (Site Opened in September 2009)
  • Harlow Town - alt. 75m (Site Opened in March 2013)
  • Latchingdon - alt. 6m (Site Opened in February 2013)
  • Little Baddow - alt. 98m (Site Opened in May 2015)
  • Ongar - alt. 67m (Site Opened in December 2009)
  • Rayleigh - alt. 18m (Site Opened in March 2013)
  • South Woodham Ferrers - alt. 6m (Site Opened in September 2015)
  • Stanford le Hope - alt. 13m (Site Opened in September 2011)
  • Thorpe Bay - alt. 1m (Site Opened in February 2011)
  • Warley - alt. 77m (Site Opened in October 2009)
  • West Bergholt - alt. 18m (Site Opened in January 2013)

Founder: Thomas Defty

Thomas founded the Essex Weather and Forecasting Centre in 2009. In total, he has clocked up over 15 years of experience in weather forecasting and consultancy.

His clients include: Goldman Sachs, Siemens, Pick Everard, England and Wales Cricket Board, Essex County Council, Aldi UK, British Sugar plc, The Forestry Commission, Saputo Dairy UK and ESCADA.

Prior to opening the centre, Thomas was part of a joint British-German team to develop and market a new high-resolution meteorological computer model. The first run of the model was covered by Sky News to coincide with the 2007/08 winter forecast. Over the following months the model was developed further and sold to a German meteorological institute in summer 2008.

Thomas's interest in weather stems from the 'Great Storm' which swept across Southern England in 1987. At 15, he applied to become a weather correspondent for Anglia Television in Norwich and was delighted to be accepted into the team by recently retired television meteorologist Jim Bacon.

Les Deux Alpes, home of the largest skiable glacier in Europe

During the spring and summer months, Thomas is often chasing thunderstorms, tornadoes and hailstorms - not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and the rest of the world! He also enjoys winter sports and has successfully climbed numerous mountains in France and Switzerland.

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