Apple in iOS 16 made some notable changes to the Weather app, adding new types of notifications and increasing the information you can see about everything from humidity to temperature to visibility. For many of these new features, Apple integrated information from Dark Sky, a weather app purchased in 2020.
This guide highlights all the weather-related new features in iOS 16.
There are no significant updates to the overall design of the Weather app, but Apple has updated the information available to you.
The Weather app has long had small modules that show you information that includes 10-day forecast, daily temperature, air quality, precipitation, UV index, sunset/sunrise times , wind, humidity, “feels like” temperature, visibility and pressure, but now you can access any of these modules for more information and quickly switch between them by tapping the icon at the top right.
The temperature module displays a graph of the temperature throughout the day, including peak high and peak low. This should fix an issue people were having with the iOS 15 Weather app not showing when the daily minimum was being measured. The module also provides a textual overview of weather conditions.
In the 10-day forecast, you can jump to any day to see the daily chart of temperature ranges, and there is always an option to see the larger color-coded temperature chart.
The air quality module displays a graph of the current air conditions in your area, along with additional information about the health implications of the current conditions and the main pollutant. You can also see a larger air quality map.
The rainfall module is similar to previously available rainfall information, showing a map of where storms will hit. Zooming in provides a 12 hour rain forecast. There is also an interface that provides details of the total amount of precipitation over the past 24 hours, and how much rain, sleet or snow fell at what time.
This module provides a second temperature chart that takes into account humidity, wind and other factors so you can get a better idea of the ambient temperature.
The UV index
The UV Index module displays the current UV rating and peak UV levels during the day. It also provides text telling you if sun protection is recommended.
The sunset and sunrise module lets you know when sunrise or sunset depends on the time of day, and when you can expect first light and last light. It also includes monthly sunrise and sunset averages and a total daylight reading.
The wind module provides a daily summary, current wind conditions and a graph of wind speeds and direction throughout the day.
The humidity module displays a graph of humidity throughout the day, broken down into six-hour increments. It also provides average humidity and dew point.
The visibility module provides the visibility range in miles throughout the day, as well as a daily summary.
The pressure module displays the current pressure, the pressure throughout the day, and a reading indicating whether the pressure is increasing or decreasing.
Severe Weather Notifications
The Weather app in iOS 16 is able to send a notification if there is a severe weather alert issued near you, so you can be notified of major rainstorms, floods, hurricanes, waves of heat, tornadoes, etc.
You can turn on severe weather alerts for both your current location and any location you’ve added to the Weather app.
According to Apple, severe weather data is available in Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Thailand, the United States, and most countries and regions in Europe.
weather lock screen
Although not technically part of the Weather app, there is a dedicated weather lock screen in iOS 16. It represents the current temperature and displays illustrations from the Weather app for your location. So if it’s sunny, you’ll see sunshine, or if it’s raining, you’ll see rain, just like you would in the Animated Weather app.
There are also a number of different weather widgets that you can add to any of your lock screens. There is a larger readout with temperature, current and high/low status as well as individual air quality, UV index and temperature options.
Using the Weather widget requires location services to be enabled.
In iOS 15 you can only add 20 alternate locations to the Weather app, but in iOS 16 you can have a total of 50.
Weather app for iPad
With the iOS 16/iPadOS 16 updates, there is finally a Weather app for iPad. It’s identical to the Weather app on the iPhone, but designed to fit the larger screen of the iPad.
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