Summary

Although METARs may appear confusing to the uninitiated, with practice, it is quite a simple task to decode a METAR accurately and speedily. Pilots should consult METARs for departure and destination aerodromes and also for other aerodromes along the planned route, and, in particular, for aerodromes upwind of a destination aerodrome, in order to get a picture of the weather which is approaching the destination. 

If the aerodrome of destination does not issue a METAR, consult a METAR from an aerodrome in the vicinity of your destination.

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