Weather Observer

Weather observers record weather conditions every day at scheduled times, compile the information into meteorological messages according to international codes and transmit it to different centres.

They measure temperature changes, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and wind direction twice a day. Precision instruments are used to make the observations and the weather observers must keep these instruments in excellent working condition.

The nature of the services rendered by the Weather Bureau makes it necessary to conduct observations 24 hours a day. Weather observers, therefore, have to work shifts.


The Weather Bureau of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work at a weather bureau or airport

  • familiarise yourself with various types of clouds and meteorological terms by reading books and observing this type of work

  • arrange to speak to weather observers about this type of career and ask permission to observe them at work

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