Best weather apps for iPhone

Hate the stock Weather app in iOS 7? Here are the best alternative Weather apps for iPhone!

What exactly is the best iPhone app for weather watchers is a tough question to answer. Apple has their own, built-in Weather app, with edge-to-edge graphics and subtle, elegant animations. However, it's still powered by Yahoo! and The Weather Channel, and its still decidedly on the simple side. Since weather apps have become something of a playground for great designers and developers these days, there are many excellent, yet very different alternatives to be found in the App Store. The toughest part is choosing between them. That's where we come in! Here are the best weather apps for iPhone!

Weather Line

Weather Line combines the best parts of both the Dark Sky and services. If you're in the US or UK and want up to the minute rain predictions, Dark Sky can provide that and it comes bundles in Weather Line. Aside from great precipitation data, Weather Line graphs the weather in one of the most meaningful and useful ways we've ever seen; through a series of gorgeous charts and easy to read graphs.

If rain prediction is important to you, get Weather Line.

Yahoo Weather

The Yahoo Weather app is pretty much what the native Weather app in iOS 7 became but much less robust. If you like the look and feel of the native Weather app but just don't feel it provides enough information, the Yahoo Weather app can fill that gap. With forecasts, sunrise and sunset information, wind speeds, and more, there's much more data to check out here than what Apple gave you stock.

If you like the native Weather app's design and just want more data, get Yahoo Weather.

Perfect Weather

Perfect Weather by Contrast does a great job of balancing features and screen real estate. It aggregates data from NOAA which unfortunately makes it a US only app. It's one of our favorites because the card style interface and the balance between useful data and avoiding clutter was done exceptionally well.

If you don't need advanced weather data and like apps that feature card style layouts, check out Perfect Weather.

Today Weather

Today Weather works as a system of charts and graphs. The high and low temperature graphs are some of the best laid out I've seen so if forecasts are your thing, Today Weather does an amazing job at displaying them. The hourly breakdowns inside Today Weather are well thought out and easy to read as well. Even better yet, it's a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.

If you want a weather app that's not only gorgeous on iPhone, but on iPad as well, get Today Weather.

AccuWeather Platinum

AccuWeather is one of the longest standing weather services around and their app for iPhone is jam packed with not only current weather conditions but forecasts, maps, news, and live videos. AccuWeather is one of the only weather apps that provides information on how current weather conditions impact outdoor fitness activities. The platinum version can also send you push notifications for alerts and warnings about weather conditions in your area, as well as removes all ads.

If you're a runner or want a way to know how weather conditions affect outdoor fitness, get AccuWeather Platinum.

The Weather Channel Max

The Weather Channel Max provides almost as much information as AccuWeather Platinum but manages to do it with a much cleaner interface. Along with live videos and radar maps, The Weather Channel Max also has a feature called PollenCast that can give up to date information on pollen counts around you. Easy swipe gestures let you quickly switch between locations in any tab as well which makes navigation lightning fast.

If you or someone in your home suffers from pollen allergies, The Weather Channel Max is a no brainer since it can give you information on tree, weed, and grass pollen counts in just a few taps.

Your favorite alternative weather apps?

If you don't use the stock iOS 7 Weather app, let us know in the comments which alternative weather apps are your favorites! What made you choose those particular apps over the stock app or any of the ones listed above?

Allyson Kazmucha

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Best weather apps for iPhone


For Australians, Pocket Weather by Shifty Jelly pretty much can't be beaten. Okay it hasn't been updated to match the look of iOS 7, but it's still the best IMO.

Hey Ally i thought i would bring it to your attention, the last app on the list you have it listed as Free but when you click on the link the app is $3.99

Well, with the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, using Wikipedia to research climate change, I don't think the politicians believe we do either... ;)

Aero -- heads down, my best experience. Thing is, if the app doesn't have a temp badge that shows on my home-screen, it doesn't belong on my phone ;)

^^ Totally agree here! I've tried other apps with temp badges such as Weather Live, Fahrenheit, and Weather On before discovering and loving Aero. If Apple had only provided live weather badges or in-icon weather, I would have happily stuck with the stock weather app.

I love the core premise of Swackett, because I don't want to use my precious brain power to translate a weather report into what I should wear. I've been a loyal user for years, but the iOS 7 update totally jumped the shark with "fashionable" avatars and a bunch of silly bonus features that get in the way:

There's a Swackett Lite that still uses the old style, but only uses male avatars (booooo):

Are there any other weather apps similar to what Swackett used to be?

My favorite alternative weather app is My Cast! It's very clean and accurate, the interface is exceptionally easy to navigate. I need accurate daily and even hourly forecasts for one of my part time jobs and I use My Cast over all other apps.

I use my local news channel (WRAL) weather app. NC weather constantly fluctuates and they give nice weather alerts based on current location.

I prefer the stock weather app, it's already built into iOS so it's not taking up extra memory & the lack of a live icon doesn't bother me since it shows in Notification Centres Today page.

I've been hounding this company for a few years to offer a Pro version without the ads. It's a nice app but I refuse to buy a subscription to it.

I like Weather Underground. It provides all I need, including a weather radio. I also use Thermometer for the icon badge current temp. But I'm gonna check out Aero.

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Anyone notice how none of these kinds of weather app reviews ever talk about accuracy? Personally, I'd much rather have an accurate-but-not-pretty forecast than a gorgeous app that constantly leaves me sopping wet when it predicts a dry day.


Nothing else come close really to their accuracy.

And how can an app be a finalist and not have radar? I mean really all you have to do is look at reliable radar and you know what's happening basically.

"WeatherBug" is an awesome app that I use the most. And one very nice thing about it is it's FREE...

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