The Best iPhone Weather Apps

Feb 15, 2011 View Comments by Steve

What could be more important to us in the UK than weather, it’s all we seem to talk about. So why not make sure you are in the know with the best weather app the iPhone has to offer. As ever if you don’t want to read the full review, just jump to the end to see our experts choice. Once again we’ve tried a big bucket of apps for the iPhone, so you don’t have to. This time it’s weather apps and although your iPhone comes with a pretty little weather application, you may well have noticed its pretty inaccurate and basic in the information it gives. Clearly other people agreed, as there are now at least 100 weather apps in the App Store, which between them have had many millions of downloads.

Weather HD

Weather HD ScreenshotThis is a pretty impressive weather app to excite your friends with. It doesn’t have the detailed forecasting of other apps, but hell is it fancy. It uses high quality video to give you a beautiful visualization of the forthcoming weather. It’s a really smart app, but perhaps more of a novelty option and not one for the weather data junky. There is a free and paid version, so there really isn’t much stopping you downloading it and impressing your friends anyway, well, apart from the huge app size making the install process very slow indeed!

Free Version- 59p Version – iPhone/iPad

Met Office Weather

Met Office App ScreenshotThis is one of the most downloaded, but not most liked weather applications, from the guys at the Met Office. We can expect the most accurate data for the UK with this application. The app seems to be well maintained, regularly updated so it’s improving all the time. But the design and usability really let it down. They just haven’t got the iPhone design sorte. It really is one of the ugliest applications I have used. iPhone apps should be a pleasure to use and I’m afraid this one isn’t.
Free – iPhone

Weather Pro

Weather Pro ScreenshotThis app is the most expensive of the bunch at £2.39, and that’s just the basic edition. It has a 7 day forecast, with detailed forecasting at 3 hour intervals, including temperature, wind speed, sun and rain. It also lets you add favourite locations, so you can easily whizz through the weather for your most visited places all over the planet. It has radar and satellite animations too, albeit only for the previous couple of hours. If you are really into your weather and want European snow reports, hourly forecasts for the next 14 days and Radar forecasts then you can pay another £3.99 a year for the premium in app purchase.
Free – iPhone – Android – Windows Phone 7

Weather+

Weather+ ScreenshotThis is comparable in some ways to Weather Pro, with a neat interface and detailed 7 day forecasts, including temperature, rain, wind-speed, humidity, visibility and pressure, at 3 hour intervals. It’s easy to add and flick between multiple locations and has both a free and paid version. It also has a couple of special features missing from most weather apps, which I find really useful, including a world clock and customizable layout.
Free Version – £1.59 Version – iPhone/iPad

Expert Choice

  • Weather Pro Logo

    Weather Pro

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingSimple to use, well designed app, with a vast amount of information at your fingertips, including radar and satellite animations. It’s a little on the expensive side compared to other apps, especially if you want radar forecasts and hour by hour detail

  • Weather Plus Logo

    Weather+

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingWell designed app with detailed 7 day forecasts that works great with iPhone and iPad. Includes world clock. No radar and satellite animation. Forecasts seem less accurate than Weather Pro, at least for the UK.

  • Weather HD Logo

    Weather HD

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingIt’s fun, it’s pretty and it will make you smile with its animated weather report. There is not a lot of weather detail here, just the basics made to look fancy. It will take up quite a bit of space on your iPhone too.

 

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