Apple made some notable changes to the Weather app in iOS 16, added new types of notifications, and increased the information you can see about everything from humidity to temperature to visibility. For many of these new features, Apple has included information from Dark Sky, a weather app it purchased in 2020.
This guide highlights everything new in iOS 16 weather-related.
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 including the 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 use one of those modules for more information and quickly switch between them by tapping the icon in the top right corner.
The temperature module shows a graph of the temperature during the day, including peak high and peak low. This should solve a problem people had with the iOS 15 Weather app that made it unclear when the daily low was measured. The module also provides a text overview of the weather conditions.
In the 10-day forecast, you can tap into any day to see the daily chart for temperature ranges, plus there’s still an option to see the larger color-coded temperature chart.
The air quality module shows a graph of the current air conditions in your area, along with additional information about the health implications of the current conditions and the primary pollutant. You can also still see a larger air quality map.
The precipitation module is similar to the previously available precipitation information and shows a map of where storms will strike. Zooming in produces a 12-hour rain forecast. There is also an interface that details the total amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours and how much rain, sleet or snow fell at what time.
This module provides a second temperature graph that takes into account humidity, wind and other factors to give you a better idea of the ambient temperature.
The UV Index module shows the current UV rating and peak UV levels during the day. It also provides text to let you know 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 to expect first light and last light. It also includes monthly averages of sunrise and sunset and a readout of total daylight.
The wind module provides a daily overview, the current wind conditions and a graph of the wind speeds and direction during the day.
The humidity module displays a graph of humidity throughout the day, divided into six hour increments. It also maintains an average humidity and dew point.
The visibility module provides the visibility range in miles during the day, along with a daily summary.
The pressure module displays the current pressure, the pressure during the day and a reading of whether the pressure is rising or falling.
Severe Weather Notifications
The Weather app in iOS 16 can send a notification when a severe weather alert is near you, letting you know about major rainstorms, floods, hurricanes, heatwaves, tornadoes, and more.
You can enable 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.
Lock screen weather
While not technically part of the Weather app, there is a special weather lock screen in iOS 16. It displays the current temperature and shows the Weather app illustrations for your location. So if it’s sunny, you’ll see the sun, 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 all of your lock screens. There is a larger readout with temperature, current condition and high/low, along with individual air quality, UV index and temperature options.
Location services must be activated to use the Weather widget.
In iOS 15 you can add up to 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 the iPad. It’s identical to the iPhone’s Weather app, but made to fit the iPad’s larger screen.
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