Knowing what the forecast is going to not only help you plan your life accordingly but also keeps you informed of any special weather alerts which can keep you safe.
Although the Apple Watch has a built-in weather app, there are plenty of options available that offer even more information. Here are our favorite weather apps for your Apple Watch.
- Yahoo Weather
- Weather Live
- CARROT Weather
- Dark Sky
- NOAA Radar Pro – Weather Alerts & Forecast
- Weather Underground: Forecast
- Forecast Bar
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Yahoo Weather is a clean and simple weather app for your Apple Watch.
It provides you with accurate weather conditions and hourly forecasts. It displays data, like precipitation and wind pressure with clean line illustrations and friendly animations. PLus, it will even show you when the sunrises and set every day.
By using Force Touch, Yahoo Weather will display three line graphs showing you the wind speed, precipitation forecast, and "feels like" temperature over the course of the day.
If you don't need a lot of detailed data, and a clean, simple design is important, Yahoo Weather will please your sense of style.
Weather Live is a beautifully designed app with real-time weather condition background images. It offers relatively detailed data for daily, hourly, and 7-day forecasts, but what makes this app stand out is the amount of information it displays on your Apple Watch.
As a bonus, the iPhone app is highly customizable. You can set which data is displayed in which order, so if you live somewhere with a lot of rainfall, you may want the precipitation parameter on top. If you like to watch the sunset, you can put that time higher up in your layout. Plus, every morning, you'll get a daily report notification with the current condition and its relativity to yesterday's weather.
If you have an eye for design and want a lot of accurate weather information, you'll be pleased with Weather Live. It's worth mentioning there is a free version of the app that is supported by ads.
My favorite weather app, CARROT brings you the weather, but with a spiteful twist.
Cast as a human-hating artificial intelligence, with such comments as "I hope you get a sunburn," and "Your heating bill is going to bankrupt you," you'll always get a laugh out of your CARROT weather report. Plus, the more you use CARROT Weather, the more you will unlock secret locations, like Mount Doom and a certain Outer Rim Moisture Farm.
On top of being funny, CARROT brings you accurate weather updated regularly; you can check a plethora of other information like wind speed, humidity, UV index, pressure, dew, point, and more.
If you have a sense of humor about all this weather talk, CARROT will make you smile (and laugh a lot).
Dark Sky made a name for itself in the weather app category for its precise accuracy at predicting weather changes up-to-the-minute. The app was built using forecast.io and provides a detailed 24-hour outlook, as well as a 7-day forecast. The precipitation and temperature global map lets you drag your finger through time to see when storms will arrive or how much time you have until the day turns hot. If there is any rain, snow or storm headed your way; Dark Sky will let you know how soon it will arrive.
Dark Sky also has a great Apple Watch complication. Dark Sky's tiny complication just shows the current temperature, but you can tap it, of course, to quickly get into the app.
If you like knowing exactly how to dress when you walk out of the door at any time of the day, Dark Sky will let you know how soon you'll need that umbrella.
NOAA Radar Pro – Weather Alerts & Forecast
If you live in an area that's prone to natural weather disasters like typhoons or hurricanes, NOAA Radar Pro is probably more useful to you than a standard weather app.
This will show you the radar around your location (or any location your search for) right on your wrist. You can always see the storms that are coming and get a sense of just how bad they will be. Plus, NOAA Radar Pro will also send you alerts when extreme weather is headed your way, even included forest fires that are being tracked.
Of course, just like any weather app, you can also access the temperature, 7-day forecast, and other crucial day-to-day weather conditions. If you don't want to spend the five bucks, you can also try out their free version.
If you want complete and comprehensive weather forecasts, Weather Underground is a great option.
With Weather Underground, you'll get the basics, like temperature and feels like temperature, along with the highs and lows for the day. But you also have a 24-hour forecast complete with a precipitation graph, which comes in handy for those in rain-prone areas. There are even radar maps on the Apple Watch app, and you can check the hourly forecast or even the next 10 days.
There's also the option to submit user data if you notice that the forecast isn't accurate right now. This crowd control option means you should be getting more accurate forecasts based on what other users submit in the area.
Weather Underground is free, comprehensive, and accurate with the help of user input. What more could you ask for?
If you are prone to allergies, then WeatherBug is the best weather app you could have.
With WeatherBug, you'll get access to forecasts for every occasion, 18 different kinds of weather maps (Doppler radar, lightning, wind, temperature, alerts, pressure, and humidity), and more.
However, the best part about WeatherBug is the Lifestyle forecasts. These are special forecasts that help you see how the weather will impact trips, workouts, allergies, chronic pain, and much more. With spring and summer around the corner, allergies are especially common, and WeatherBug can help you figure out when you should be okay to be outside or not.
WeatherBug is a free download, but if you prefer no ads and even more features, then there is also WeatherBug Elite for $10.
If you prefer something simple yet informative, Forecast Bar is a good choice.
Forecast Bar brings you hyper accurate and hyper-local live weather and forecasts to your Apple Watch. The app gives you the current temperatures, of course, but you also get conditions, sunrise and sunset times, wind speeds and direction, visibility, UV index, pressure, and more. All in a simple to read interface that's easy to understand. It also provides a 12-hour forecast so you can plan out your day, and there is a 13-day forecast too, so you can get an idea of the weather conditions before your next outing.
There are 30 different customizable complications as well, so you can really tailor Forecast Bar to suit your own needs when it comes to the information that it provides you. It's free to download, but full access is only $3 through in-app purchases.
Which weather app do you use on your Apple Watch?
Let us know in the comment down below!
May 2019: Removed an outdated app and added Weather Underground, WeatherBug, and Forecast Bar.
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.