Reading Weather Maps

Weather Maps are also referred to as synoptic charts. It is a record of the weather conditions being experience at a particular point in time. It provides information about air pressure, wind speed and direction, and the distribution (location) of rainfall.


Synoptic charts enable geographers and meteorologists (a person who studies weather) to view current weather conditions and predict weather into the future.  Being able to read weather maps is an important geography skill.

Features of a Weather Map

Air Pressure

What is Air Pressure?

What unit of measurement is used for air pressure?

Lines on a weather map

Types of Air Pressure

Locate the High Pressure System

Locate the Low Pressure System


A cold front is a body of cool air pushing under a mass of warm air forcing it to rise.


Click on all cities which have received rainfall in the past 24 hours.


Winds are named after the direction which they are...

Complete the blanks below.

State the direction the wind is blowing for the indicators below

Drag and drop the labels to their correct location

  • Isobars
  • Cold Front
  • Warm Front
  • High Pressure System
  • Low Pressure System

Which weather features are associated with a low pressure system?

Click on the image of a High Pressure System

Match the terms and definitions below

–°ombine elements from the left column with the elements on the right
A body of warming air rises over colder air
Hectopascals (hPa)
A body of cold air pushes under existing warm air
Cold Front
The lines that join places that have the same air pressure.
The unit of measurement for air pressure
Warm Front

Reading Weather Maps

Using the map below indicate whether the statements are TRUE or FALSE

Examine the weather map below and answer the following questions

What weather conditions are being experienced in Brisbane?

Click on the area of synoptic chart which would be experiencing the strongest winds

Select TRUE or FALSE for the statement below

Rank the city's air pressure, from highest to lowest.


Complete the blanks below about the synoptic chart.