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How to use weather maps in the Weather app on iPhone

Weather Maps In Ios 15 On Iphone X
Weather Maps In Ios 15 On Iphone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

It seems like you can't avoid talking about weather anywhere you go. Whether it's with a colleague in the elevator at the office, trying to fill the silence as you are catching up with an old friend, or just talking about the latest heatwave to share in the misery with others, weather affects us all. The stock Apple Weather app on your iPhone has long been an easy way to check the weather in your area, but with the awesome improvements in iOS 15, it's become even better. Weather's best new feature is weather maps, making your best iPhone a more useful weather information tool.

Weather maps let you see the temperature, precipitation, and air quality on a map. This makes it easier to check the weather conditions of your current location and locations around you, so you can better plan for that afternoon trip to the beach. Here's how to use weather maps in the Weather app on iPhone.

How to view a temperature weather map in Weather on iPhone

  1. Launch Weather from your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the map icon in the bottom left corner.

How To See Weather Maps In Weather App iOS 15: Launch Weather and then tap the map icon. (Image credit: iMore)

Now you'll be looking at a heat map of the temperature in your current location and surrounding area. You can move around the map and pinch to zoom in or out around the map to see the heat map of surrounding areas.

How to view a precipitation weather map in Weather on iPhone

  1. Launch Weather from your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the map icon in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap the options button. The icon with the three squares on top of each other.
  4. Tap Precipitation.

How To See Rain Weather Maps In Weather App iOS 15: Launch Weather, tap the map icon, tap options, and then tap precipitation (Image credit: iMore)

Now you'll be able to see precipitation across your screen that is expected in your area or surrounding areas over the next few hours.

How to view an air quality weather map in Weather on iPhone

  1. Launch Weather from your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the map icon in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap the options button. The icon with the three squares on top of each other.
  4. Tap Air Quality.

How To See Air Quality Weather Maps In Weather App iOS 15: Launch Weather, tap the map icon, tap options, and then tap air quality. (Image credit: iMore)

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about weather maps in iOS 15? Let us know in the comments down below.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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2 Comments
  • This is great. It's about time. I will be glad once I see in in the app. Still, one would think the framing of an article like this would be something like "Apple FINALLY adds maps to Weather app". It's such a basic feature of any weather app, and it amazing that it took this long to get it in there.
  • Which Weather app, please be more specific.