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View Weather Conditions in Windows 7 Media Center

While watching your favorite programming on Windows 7 Media Center you might want an easy way to check out weather conditions. Today we take a look at Heatwave, which is a simple plugin that provides you with global weather conditions in WMC.

Heatwave Setup

Installation is quick and easy following the install wizard, just go with the default settings.


After installation, open Media Center and you’ll find the Heatwave icon in the Extras Library.


When you open Heatwave you’re presented with weather conditions for major cities from around the world.


You’ll probably want to customize the forecasts for your area so click on Settings.


In the Settings section you can edit the locations you want to monitor the weather. You can change the order they appear on the main page and edit or delete locations.


You can enter in a zip code or the name of the location you want to add.


In the General Settings you can select the language beta, metric or standard units, and select auto updates.


Under Appearance you can select different options including Show on Start Menu.


Then from the Start Menu, you can jump right to a specific location to see the weather, or go into settings.


After everything is setup you can use it to quickly find out what the weather conditions are in your area.


At the bottom of the screen you can scroll through other conditions including local pollen reports, airport conditions, lawn and garden weather, and rush hour traffic.


Click on the information you want and it opens The Weather Channel website where you can enter in the city or zip code for the report.


Heatwave is available in 32 and 64 bit versions, and is a handy a plugin to have if you like keeping your eye on the weather while in Media Center.

Download Heatwave plugin at The Windows Club

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 03/3/10

Comments (1)

  1. Tim

    While I appreciate the tidbits on WMC and Im sure there are a lot of HowToGeek’ers that find them super useful, is there any chance you guys could start showing a little love to Boxee?

    Theres a TON of apps available for it and I’d love to see occasional features point out one here and there that might not normally be on our radar.

    Thanks for the consideration and keep up the great work!

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