On its official blog today, Google announced that its adding a weather layer to Google Maps that displays current temps and conditions around the globe. The weather layer is a great way to see current weather conditions for your city and surrounding areas making travel and leisure planning a lot easier.

To add the weather layer, users hover over the widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps and select the weather layer from the list of options.

When zoomed out, you’ll see a map with current weather conditions from weather.com for various locations, with icons to denote sun, clouds, rain and so on.

The following two images show what Google Maps of the Toronto Area looks like before and after the weather layers is turned on. A panel on the left side of the screen lets you change the units of temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit and enable or disable the clouds (when you’re zoomed out).

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After



Clicking on the weather icon for a particular city will open an info window with detailed data like current humidity and wind conditions, as well as a forecast for the next four days.



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