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Amazon's Echo Show now lets you watch local weather reports in 60 plus cities
- The Echo Show will now provide local weather news reports when asking Alexa about the weather.
- The feature is available in over 60 cities, with more cities to come.
- The feature is live on a variety of Echo Show devices.
Update, June 26, 2023 (2:06 PM ET): We have corrected our article to reflect that Local Weather is available in over 60 cities, not 15, and is only available on Echo Show devices. It also is only accessible through voice commands, not through the weather widget.
Original, June 23, 2023 (12:02 PM ET): Local news tends to be the best source of information when it comes to what’s happening around you, especially when it comes to weather forecasts. Now Amazon has made it possible to catch up on local weather reports through Alexa on Amazon Echo Show devices.
According to The Verge, Amazon has partnered with local news channels to show the most recent local weather news videos on Echo Show devices when you say, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” This feature can only be accessed through voice commands.
It’s said that the videos won’t autoplay. When activated, the feature will reportedly open up with the usual UI displaying the forecast and current weather conditions. Along the bottom, however, will be thumbnails of local weather forecasts from multiple new stations that you can tap on and watch. Once tapped, the videos will play in full-screen mode.
The local weather videos feature is live on Echo Show 8, Echo Show 10, and Echo Show 15. It’s said to be also rolling out to the Echo Show 5.
If you want to try the feature out for yourself, it appears you’ll have to be in one of the 60 plus cities it’s available in. Some of these cities include New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, Fresno, Omaha, Toledo, and San Antonio.
However, anyone outside of these areas will be able to see weather reports from those select cities by asking Alexa. For example, saying “Alexa, what’s the weather in New York City?” will bring up local videos from New York.
According to an Amazon spokesperson, the Amazon Echo Show feature is expected to come to more cities. The spokesperson told the outlet, they are “considering offerings wherever there are local news stations.”