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Best weather apps for your smartphone

Hand about to touch weather app

If there’s one thing we love to talk about in this country, it’s the weather. Unpredictable and temperamental, it’s hard to know what it’s going to do, but you can be prepared for rain, hail or shine with our round-up of the best weather apps for your smartphone.

BBC Weather

Price: Free

Platform: Apple, Android

Few free weather apps are as reliable as BBC Weather. A fine-tuned version of its desktop counterpart, the BBC Weather app is clean, informative and easy to use. You can check the weather right now or cycle through a 10-day forecast for your current area, as well as different locations around the world. The weather app features hourly changes to keep you up-to-date, as well as wind speed, pollution level, UV index and pollen counts. You can check the temperature high and low for the day, as well as sunrise and sunset times. Weather warnings can also be found on the app to make sure you’re never caught out.

Yahoo Weather

Price: Free

Platform: Apple, Android

Yahoo Weather is a thing of beauty. The award-winning app features a stunning photograph of your location, which changes every time you refresh the page, and you can scroll down the app to find an hourly forecast or look ahead to the next ten days. Scroll further down and you’ll discover more information about the current weather, including chance of precipitation, humidity, visibility and wind speed. There’s even a sun and moon radar, which allows you to track the amount of daylight you have left. The only downside now is the sponsored adverts that appear in the middle of the page, but they need to fund the free weather app somehow!

Met Office Weather

Price: Free

Platform: Apple, Android

The Met Office Weather app comes straight from the UK’s national weather service. Unlike its competitors, it sticks to a 5-day forecast, but you have the ability to find out the weather all over the world. From this, you can save up to ten locations to check whenever you like. For each of the five days, you can view temperature, wind speed, UV index, weather warnings and more, making this one of the most detailed weather apps out there. The interactive map of the UK is the most exciting feature, which is like having your own personal weatherman in your phone! The map shows rainfall, temperature, cloud cover and more, just like a television broadcast. You won’t find hourly updates in this app, however, and the interface isn’t the most attractive we’ve seen.

Weather+

Price: Free

Platform: Apple

This free weather app wins originality points for being customisable. You can choose the order of the widgets, as well as how many appear onscreen, or opt to have a text-only app. Of course, if you do that, you won’t get the full experience of the virtual weather app. The background is a full screen video that loops for all different weather conditions, making this one of the more interesting apps to look at. It also features a clock that flips past the minutes, which many weather apps don’t have. As for its intended purpose, this app also limits itself to a 5-day forecast, with the ability to check weather conditions around the world. However, it likes to cram all the information onto one screen, including temperature highs and lows, wind speed, precipitation and more, which can make the text a little on the small side.

AccuWeather

Price: Free

Platform: Apple, Android

AccuWeather combines features from a bunch of its competitors to create a pretty seamless weather app that’s entirely free. It goes one step further, however, and offers a 15-day weather forecast, which you can alter with a handy slide bar. There’s a moving background, which makes the app pleasant to look at, as well as an extremely accurate guide to precipitation – the app isn’t called AccuWeather for nothing! Scroll down the app to view an hourly forecast, which you can also easily control with a slide bar. It also features a sun and moon radar, which tells you sunrise and sunset times, as well an interactive map of the UK to show you the weather anywhere you tap. This app strikes the perfect balance of offering you basic information on the surface, but an array of information underneath if you want it.