The best smartphone weather apps you should download today.
Last updated: 16 June 2015
Most smartphones have a built-in weather app that’s free to use. But just like Michael Fish in 1987, they can sometimes get it wrong. So it makes sense to have a few weather apps set up in order to compare forecasts.
Thanks to Doppler Radar, satellite imagery, advances in meteorology and 4G from Three you can stay up-to-date with the weather whenever you like, and wherever you go*. Here are a few of the best apps that’ll prepare you for whatever the weather has in store:
Dark Sky (Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts) - iPhone (£2.99)
Reviews say that Dark Sky delivers very accurate weather predictions. The design is slick, and it offers 24-hour and week-long forecasts. But it’s the more instantaneous aspect that sets it apart from the rest. Thanks to radar mapping you get up to the minute rain or snow predictions and the app pushes these notifications to your iPhone.
This app gives you accurate, minute-by-minute forecasts that are updated hourly. Want to know the weather at an exact location? No problem. This app can tell you whether you’ll need a brolly, your sunnies, or gloves - even down to a specific street address. And you’re covered long-term too, because 15-day forecasts can be integrated with your phone calendar. All the info is displayed in a series of clear charts, so there’s no chance of you swiping past something crucial. You can also set the app to display local weather reports in your status bar.
Horizon 3 - Calendar + Weather - iPhone (free)
The people behind the Horizon 3 app have worked hard to liven up something that’s been tried and tested. You can enter upcoming appointments (with locations) into your Horizon Calendar, and the app will let you know if you’re going to see sun, ice, snow or sleet. You’ll also get alerts if it looks like the weather is going to change and affect a planned event.
Horizon syncs with the iOS iPhone calendar app, and a built-in Google-powered search function tries to predict where you’re headed, so you can expect a very clever, very precise forecast. Oh, and you get travel info too!
Yahoo! Weather is a stunning looking app with striking images. It’s also simple, accurate, easy to use, and offers just the right amount of detail. Reassuringly, the app uses your phone’s built-in GPS to locate you and give you the local temperature and forecast, with the option to view detailed five-day forecasts, as well as interactive radar, heat and satellite maps However, other than the ability to give a specific location-based forecast, Yahoo’s offering isn’t particularly personal.
If you’re used to getting your forecast from the Beeb and you like a traditional feel, this one’s for you. The app’s simple and clear design gives you detailed hourly forecasts, as well as useful information surrounding pollen and pollution levels. It’s optimised especially for iOS, so it not only looks good, it’s also a smooth operator on the iPhone.
The app automatically stores your favorite locations around the globe, meaning all you have to do is swipe down, and you could be checking the conditions of your chalet in the Swiss Alps or your casa on the Italian Riviera in seconds.
Don't forget, you can make the most of these apps when you’re abroad at no extra cost if you’re in one of our 18 Feel At Home destinations. Because all you’ll be able to call and text and use your data, just like you would in the UK, at no extra cost.