Change Live Weather Problems in Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 allows you to either customize weather conditions to your liking, or use an online service to make them reflect the conditions in the real world. Both features are really nice, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding them, from the requirements you need to meet before using each to the effects. This guide will list all the Flight Simulator 2020 change live weather problems, as well as solutions whenever it’s possible.

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Change Live Weather Problems in Flight Simulator 2020

How to enable custom weather

You can set custom weather parameters by using the toolbar at the top of the screen, by clicking the cloud icon. However, you can only do it in All Players mode. If you’re playing Live Multiplayer, or have selected live weather, you won’t be able to customize the conditions and the cloud icon will be greyed out.

How to change weather mid flight

If you’re in the right mode (anything that isn’t live multiplayer), you can change the weather mid-flight by moving your mouse to the top of the screen. A menu will appear, with a cloud icon on the right – that’s the one used to finely tune the weather.

Weather toolbar is grayed out

Some users are experiencing issues where the weather toolbar is grayed out, even though live weather is off. This can be fixed by turining off multiplayer before a flight. Also, if you’re in a group, you’ll have to leave it – even if everyone else is gone, the game still considers you part of a group and stops you from tweaking the weather.

There’s also the issue where live weather is greyed out – this usually happens because online functionality is turned off in the settings. Go to Options -> General -> Data, then make sure online functionality is enabled. You’ll then be able to choose live weather before a flight.

Live weather not ever working correctly

A number of players have been complaining about live weather not reflecting real-world weather correctly. Clear skies where there should be storms and such. The only thing close to a solution is to try running the game as an administrator. It might help, but there’s no guarantee. Other than that, you can try restarting the game, or turning live weather on and off, but ultimately, you’ll have to wait for the developers to fix this.

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  1. D

    I can verify that the Run As Administrator trick worked for me! I tried it because of this article, thank you!!! 🙂

  2. D

    Run as Admin didn’t work for me. It’s very sometimish. Hope the update released the day after I write this fix this, I’m very disappointed with that.

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    Alvery Guiler

    I have tried it as administrator but that didn’t make a difference. Sometimes the weathwr appears to be correct but often not.

  4. A

    Live Weather is a freaking mess right now. Base of overcast thick clouds from 2500ft to 10,000ft in southern Oregon and northern California 8/30/2020. Sunny weather everywhere on the Weather Channel. Microsoft needs to fix this asap. Charging people $120 for their deluxe premium and the live weather is a joke. Stutters and slow FPS all the time. Game is almost unplayable ATM

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    Raymond Laniel

    My cloud icon is not greyed out – it just totally disappears from the upper icons bar. Tried turning everything off then on, reboot the program and re-downloaded. Still have the problem. ?????

    1. J
      Jean Agostinho

      Same problem here. Waiting for a patch.

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    T Sully

    Go to the settings symbol on the far right of the upper icons bar. Click on it and you should see all of the options you want to display or hide on the icons bar. Is weather turned off?

    1. M

      Yes it is off but it’s also grayed out and I cannot switch it on again. Using live players and therefore live weather preset in the menu.

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