How to check the weather and get forecasts using Siri

Siri not only makes for a great digital assistant but a great weather forecaster as well. With a little help from Siri, you can make sure you're never caught without your umbrella, raincoat, snow shovel, or suntan lotion again.

How to check current weather conditions with Siri

How do you find out about the weather? Just ask Siri.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

  1. Ask Siri to check the weather. For example, "What's the weather today?"

Tap the weather widget to go to the Weather App.

How to view a weekly weather or future forecast with Siri

If you care more about the entire weekly forecast, or a specific day of the upcoming week, you can ask Siri to show you that instead, and highlight it for you as well.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

  1. Ask Siri to tell you what the weekly weather looks like. For example, "What is the forecast for this week?" or "What's the weather on Friday?"

How to check the weather in a different location with Siri

If you're traveling or simply care more about the weather someplace else than you do at home, Siri can give you the same information for another area.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

  1. Ask Siri to tell you the weather in another location. For example, "What's the weather like in Chicago?" or "Will it be hot in San Francisco today?"

You can also ask Siri more practical questions, like "do I need a rain jacket today". They'll call up the same weather widget, but they let you ask what you're specifically interested in finding out.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

  1. Ask Siri if you need anything special to prepare for the weather. For example, "Do I need a coat today?" or "Will I I need an umbrella tomorrow?"

How to check sunrise and sunset times with Siri

Want to make sure you're up at the crack of dawn, or that you make it home before dusk? Siri can tell you that as well.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

  1. Ask Siri to tell you when the sun is setting or rising. For example, "What time will the sun set tonight?" or "What time did the sun rise this morning?"

How to get more help with Siri

If you still need help with setting up or using Siri with your iPhone Calendar, or any other Siri feature, head on over to our Siri Forum and ask away!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • How long before Siri becomes more like KITT from Knight Rider....hope I'm still around to see that.
  • I have the iPhone 4 and I have Google Search app on it. I can't believe how magnificently fast and for the most part accurate it is compared to Siri.....pretty neato that my words are spelled out almost instantly as I am talking. Noticed you had to pause the video for Siri to get it right....pretty annoying, Siri. Apple really needs to fix this whole, brought to you by cloud info, because Google has it better in this category I believe. Even my friend with the iPhone 5 says wow that's fast. Happy with my 4...Siri wake up sister. ;-) Oh yeah, you too, Apple. Hope 2013 brings them back in action.
  • I think it is faster to just go to a website and save the link then "learn" how to do each one of these...Siri has never worked correctly in most cases.
  • I'm using Siri for one thing only: to dial contacts while wearing my headphones. And even then It often takes quite a while for this dumb thing to call a contact stored locally on my phone, what is it trying to do? connect to the internet to look for my contacts?...
  • Yes. It sends a recording of your voice to the cloud to get transcribed, then back to your phone to search your contacts before actually dialing. That's why Siri doesn't work very well when you have a weak signal.