Five great iPhone weather apps you should try

We spend hours a day in messaging and social media apps, and probably no more than a few minutes in a weather app. Nonetheless, a good weather app is one of the most important apps on our iPhones. It’s how we know when to wear a heavier jacket or take along an umbrella. These apps can influence everything from our preparation for natural disasters to our sprinkler timings.

It’s important to have an accurate, easy-to-read weather app that quickly and effortlessly tells you just what you want to know. The built-in iOS Weather app is fine for really basic stuff, but it doesn’t offer the variety of data, sources, or visualization that many users crave.

There are loads of weather apps on the App Store, but these five are among the best and worth trying out.

AccuWeather

One of the most popular weather apps on the App Store—and maybe your best choice if you don’t want to spend any money. AccuWeather uses its own forecasts based on a variety of data, and it’s stuff you’ll probably be familiar with, because it’s licensed to thousands of websites, TV and radio stations, newspapers, and more.

The app presents a nice simple weather info card at the top of a very long primary page, which you scroll down to see allergen levels, and hourly and daily forecasts. The radar screen gives you a good number of useful data overlays, too.

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AccuWeather has a lot of features for a free app, but be aware that it’s loaded with ads and tracking (which you can disable).

There’s an Apple Watch app with plenty of complication settings, if you want your weather on your wrist.

If there’s a downside to AccuWeather, it’s that it is loaded with ads. And by default, it sells device-specific data to third parties (for targeted ads among other things). You can turn that off in the app’s Settings, and you can disable ads with a one-time $3.99 purchase to AccuWeather Platinum (which also extends your forecast to 25 days, not that I would put much stock in forecasts beyond 10 days from any service).

Perhaps because AccuWeather has such a thriving business outside of its app, it tends to give you access to more data and features in the free, ad-supported version than most other weather apps.