Updated 28 November 2020

Are you in need of a reliable and accurate weather app for your smartphone? There are many apps out there and knowing which one to purchase can be difficult, especially because you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash on buying something that is substandard. We will help you to decide between an app that has tons of features or the more streamlined and basic apps that tell you the weather and nothing else.

We have collated all the best weather apps currently on the market and thoroughly tested them so that we can give you an honest and trustworthy review of each. To make it easier we have broken our reviews down and given each app a score out of five for accuracy, design and cost to ensure you have the full low down. So, sit back, take a look at our reviews and then download your chosen app, safe in

Read on to see the apps!

The cute and cuddly one...

Cats & Dogs Weather

Fishfinger

9/10

Accuracy

10/10

Design

10/10

Value
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Fishfinger
Free

If you are a cat or dog person then this app was made for you! You get to choose a virtual pet, a cat or a dog, that helps you to keep an eye on the weather. Interestingly, the app uses Dark Sky to provide their forecast so if you’ve tried that and liked it you can be certain this app will deliver a decent forecast.

As well as being a forecasting app, you also have to care for your virtual pet by choosing an appropriate outfit for them to wear in the weather that is forecast! You can also pick out a name that suits your pet and share your chosen outfits with other users.

If you are more concerned about the weather itself then worry not! The forecasting is very accurate and you can see the forecast for now, the rest of today and the week ahead, meaning that you can make your plans for the week and know what is coming weather-wise! If you need more than just the basic forecast then you can also see the UV index each day as well as the sunrise and sunset times, the chance of rain and the moon phases. If you want a fun but accurate weather app then Cats & Dogs Weather is the one for you!

9/10

Accuracy

10/10

Design

10/10

Value
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The app for a windy day...

Windy.com

Windyyty, SE

8/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

10/10

Value
Download Now
Free

If you want an app for Apple iPhone that does it all and costs you nothing then Windy.com is the ideal choice! There are no silly gimmicks and the interface is seamless; showing you storms as they happen in real-time so that you know when it is good to go out and when it is better to stay at home. The forecasting is second to none as the app uses many different ways of forecasting and shows you what they all say, so you can compare them all.

The app offers over 40 different weather maps and can take you anywhere in the world so that you can see the weather for your weekend away before you go anywhere. The forecasting can be as basic or as detailed as you like from temperature and wind speed to pressure, cloud cover and wave forecasting for anyone who wants to ride as well.

The app is not only free, but it has no ads that will drive you mad so you can be certain that you will get the best experience possible. It is also possible to use the app in over 40 different languages and it can be used all over the world so that you can take it with you wherever you go. It’s a fantastic option that you would be mad to ignore!

8/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

10/10

Value
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The hyperlocal one...

Dark Sky Weather

Jackadam

9/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

5/10

Value
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£3.99

Dark Sky sells themselves on the ability to tell you the weather forecast down to the minute, this is not only a great asset when out and about, but the app is so accurate you can trust it completely! Not only does it tell you the weather right now but it offers a ‘time travel’ ability so that you can see what weather is predicted based on previous stats or you can choose to go back in time to see what the weather was like on a specific date.

The app has an easy to use interface and looks great so that you can actually enjoy spending time researching the weather for your upcoming trip or day out. You can even see how a storm is moving through the app’s animation – from where it has been to where it is predicted to go!

It is compatible with Apple Watch and the notifications will share with you rain alerts and severe weather warnings; you can even create your own notification specification so the app is truly customised to your needs. This app is the perfect choice for iPhone users out there and if you can get past the £3.99 charge you will have an app that will weather all the storms that life throws at you!

9/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

5/10

Value
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We all know this one...

Weather (Apple)

Apple

5/10

Accuracy

7/10

Design

10/10

Value
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Apple
Free

Weather for iPhone is Apple’s offering and typically comes preinstalled on purchase but can be deleted. It’s a good app that predicts the weather where you are by the hour and can tell you what to expect over the coming week. It also offers you the chance to personalise it to any place in the world and can maintain a list of locations so that you can see the weather wherever you want, whenever you want.

The app offers the ability to see the sunrise and sunset times and can also tell you what the chance is of rain. You can use it to see the humidity and visibility scores and there are other options for you so that you can be sure of what is going on where you are going. One great feature is the link to Siri, being able to ask what the weather is and when really helps if you are on the go, and it is Apple Watch compatible too.

The only downside is the design, it’s not as detailed as other apps out there and hasn’t had an overhaul for some time, although knowing Apple there are probably plans to update it soon enough. The weather used is forecast by The Weather Channel and is pretty accurate most of the time. A solid, but a bit boring is the overall feeling on this app.

5/10

Accuracy

7/10

Design

10/10

Value
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We like this channel...

The Weather Channel: Forecast

The Weather Channel Interactive

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

10/10

Value
Download Now
Free

The Weather Channel is a household name and with this app, you will get up to date and accurate forecasts that can be viewed up to two weeks in advance! You can locate the forecast for pretty much any location across the world and look at detailed stats to make the best out of any trip.

There are many great nuggets of info in the app, such as allergy alerts, hourly forecasting, rain possibility and many more. Probably the best asset to this app is the severe weather warning alerts; the app will let you have live information about what is happening near you and provides safety advice that is linked to the weather you are experiencing to help keep you and your loved ones alive and well at all times.

The app is a great choice if you love running as it has a detailed running index so that you can pick the perfect running conditions and route based on the forecast. The only downside is that you have to pay to remove ads, and that seems a bit unfair when you think of all the revenue already being made by The Weather Channel brand. It’s a great app and you can rely on the forecasts, so it is certainly worth a try.

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

10/10

Value
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The Met has you covered...

Met Office Weather Forecast

Met Office

8/10

Accuracy

4/10

Design

10/10

Value
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Met Office
Free

We all know the Met Office is the government-backed forecaster for the UK and have all probably seen their weather alerts at some point, but did you know they have an app? It’s packed full of information and you can be certain that their forecast is trustworthy as it is the one you tend to see on the news every day!

Some of the features included in the app are well worth a mention and include a rainfall map with rain forecast, weather warning map, actual temperature and ‘feels like’ temperature and air pollution forecasts. If anything, the app has too much detail if you just want basic forecasting but it is a diamond if you love the weather and all the stats associated with it handily made for iPhone.

If you pick this app to download then we’d highly recommend you spend some quality time getting to grips with everything it has to offer! Whilst the app is free to download, you can pay £2.99 for an ad-free version and we think this is an excessive cost from such the Met Office – especially when it doesn’t unlock any special features for you to enjoy. Stick with the free version and get all the information you need.

8/10

Accuracy

4/10

Design

10/10

Value
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Stick this app on your snowman...

CARROT Weather

Grailr LLC

8/10

Accuracy

7/10

Design

3/10

Value
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£4.99

When an app costs £4.99 you expect something magical and sadly, whilst CARROT weather is good, it’s not that good! It has a load of great features and has won awards but that still doesn’t seem to make it worth spending so much!

You can see the weather all over the world and it is compatible with your Apple Watch so that you can take it anywhere you go. In terms of features, it is bursting with weather stats and facts that will inspire any budding meteorologist! You can travel back in time and see what the weather was like up to 70 years ago as well as using the app via Siri shortcuts so you get the weather you need in the format that suits your requirements.

The app is a bit gimmicky and allows you to reach over 40 different achievements based on the weather you have experienced and the places you have been. This may not appeal to all users but if you like to get something back and are competitive then this may be a great solution for you. You can even follow a system of clues to get access to over 50 secret locations if you want! If you like a gimmick, then try this app out!

8/10

Accuracy

7/10

Design

3/10

Value
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For the stat enthusiasts...

Ventusky: Weather Maps

InMeteo, s.r.o

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
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£2.99

Number three in the Weather App chart, Ventusky has worked hard for its place and delivers beautiful graphics for you to track your weather forecasts. You will find yourself in the app for much longer than you intended as there is so much to discover and look at and it all seems to be relevant! A breath of fresh air when it comes to weather app design!

There is a range of different stats for you to work through; from rainfall to wind and from cloud cover to snow, this app covers it all and also provides you with a very accurate forecast wherever you may find yourself. The great thing about the forecast is that it gives you hourly forecasting for three days in a row and then three-hourly forecasts for any days after that, meaning that you can plan to the hour!

It costs £2.99 to buy and you can see why with all the features available! It has thousands of outstanding reviews on the app store and seems to be a great app at a great price. You can use it across the world and there is an iPad version too in case you want to link it across your Apple devices. The app maker has understood what an app needs to have for Apple and delivered it ready for you to enjoy.

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
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For the Instagram lovers...

Today Weather – Forecast

Tho Tran

7/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

9/10

Value
Download Now
Free

This app is one of the simpler offerings for Apple devices but don’t let that put you off! If you prefer simple, straightforward weather then this may be a perfect choice. What you don’t get in gimmicks or detailed stats is made up for with the ease of use and accurate forecasting; plus, it is free!

When you open the app, it will use your location to provide you with the weather where you are but it can also show you the weather from around the world, ready for you to plan your next trip! You can set it up to provide you with weather alerts for severe weather moments and use the notifications to tell you of your forecast every day.

The range of stats are pretty decent for a free app and you can see the temperature, humidity and air pressure as well as others so that you know what is happening in detail. The free version is great and ticks most of the boxes when looking for a good weather app but there is an upgraded version you can get for £1.99 for a year that will remove ads and give you a radar feature. The only downside we found was that the graphics aren’t quite as great as other apps but give it a go before ruling it out!

7/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

9/10

Value
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Yahoooooo... sorry...

Yahoo Weather

Yahoo

6/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

8/10

Value
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Yahoo
Free

Yahoo won the Apple Design Award for this app back in 2013 but we think it is probably due an upgrade! However, the photos they use are pretty awesome and you can get them to match where you are in the world which is a pleasant feature.

The app is a pretty simple weather forecasting app and doesn’t hold the myriad of features that other apps do but don’t swipe past it. If you just want to know what the weather is really going to be and maybe the sunrise and sunset times then try it out! There are other features included such as an interactive radar, heat maps and a satellite.

The great thing is that this app is free with no in-app purchases that will sneak up on you! The app also uses animation to add weather effects to the screen so you can read and see what the weather is with you or with loved ones in other parts of the world. It may not be the most up to date and advanced app but it has accurate weather, is free and has survived the test of time so far. We say it is worth a try!

6/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

8/10

Value
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Breath in that good air with...

Air Quality

Plume Labs

7/10

Accuracy

9/10

Design

10/10

Value
Download Now
Plume Labs
Free

Air Quality by Plume Labs brings the Plume Air Report directly to your phone and allows you to understand the pollution levels in your area in real-time. For anyone who regularly spends time outdoors this app allows you to accurately understand the impact that the air around you will be having on your health. The forecast feature makes it possible to plan when the best times to be outdoors are and the handy inbuilt AI will make customised recommendations on when to go out and get involved in your favourite activities.

Global coverage means that wherever you live, you can get up to date and accurate data on the air quality in your local area. It also allows you to look at the air quality of places you may be considering for a vacation and compare destinations easily and quickly.

A further fascinating feature allows users of the app to swipe along a timeline and see how the air quality of a place has changed over time. Historical data combined with the ability to forecast pollution levels means users have access to a vast amount of data that can be used in any way they wish. Adding this app to your phone will give you control over when you choose to go outside and keep your lungs healthier for longer. A really robust app ready for you to download.

7/10

Accuracy

9/10

Design

10/10

Value
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Understand the moon with...

My Moon Phase Pro – Alerts

JRustonApps B.V.

8/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

8/10

Value
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JRustonApps B.V.
£1.99

This sleek app allows the user to quickly see the lunar calendar and access information such as moonrise and moonset for any future date. The app will automatically use your current location (if you allow it to) or you can set the location that you want to check manually. That way if you are travelling and want to know the lunar calendar information of where you will be, you can do easily.

The moon makes a fantastic subject for photographers and with this app, the user will be able to plan their night photoshoot by knowing the golden hours and the blue hours will give the most spectacular images.
It will also let you know about the forecast for clouds so you can gauge whether you will actually be able to view the moon or not – a great part of the app if you are making future plans. More detailed information is also available, including the moon’s distance from the earth, the age of the moon and its altitude. The information can be set to be sent to you as a notification so you never have to miss a specific time in the lunar calendar again.

This app is great for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iMessage and the Apple TV so as long as you have an Apple product, you can access the lunar calendar quickly and easily.

8/10

Accuracy

8/10

Design

8/10

Value
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The good old BBC...

BBC Weather

BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited

10/10

Accuracy

3/10

Design

7/10

Value
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BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited
Free

The BBC Weather app is a top choice on the App Store and if you choose to download it and give it a go then you will soon understand why. The app is simple to use, the screen is clear with colourful visuals and the data that it produces gives you an hour by hour prediction of the weather for up to 14 days.

The app gives the basic weather that you would expect when you download a weather app but also goes a step further. It provides you with the temperature but also the ‘feels like’ temperature as well so you can plan how many layers you need for your brisk autumn walk.

It will also tell you the chance of there being rain, hail or snow, notify you about Met Office warnings and allow you to easily share the weather forecast with your social networks. Allow the app to use your location or search for somewhere different if you are planning to travel. This is a great feature that lets you see the weather forecast in various areas.

The developers are also clear that even when you share your current location to be able to use the location features, no data about your precise location is shared with the BBC. The app never tracks exactly where you are but locates you in relation to where the closest weather information is received from.

10/10

Accuracy

3/10

Design

7/10

Value
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Get your weather now...

WEATHER NOW

DeluxeWare

8/10

Accuracy

4/10

Design

6/10

Value
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DeluxeWare
Free

This app does exactly what the title suggests and provides an accurate account of what the weather is with hourly updates. The design is clear and easy to understand and boasts an impressive 3D depiction of the earth displaying the weather. The app can be used to search for the weather all across the world with forecast notifications being available for your local area or any place that you are interested in.

Whilst the cost is free to download the app, many of the features are not available with the free download. To upgrade and have a premium subscription, users will have to sign up to a plan for anything between 3 days and a year, costly between 99p and £11.99. The cost of upgrading means that users will have more accurate forecasts as the weather data is collated from different weather providers. Users also have access to extreme weather alerts including conditions and temperature and daily notifications of the upcoming weather conditions.

As a free app, WEATHER NOW is basic and doesn’t offer much in terms of a weather forecast. The premium subscription allows for increased accuracy and many of the features that you would want in a weather app, however, these are features that are often included for free with other apps. It is easy to find a free app that does everything offered at a cost with this one.

8/10

Accuracy

4/10

Design

6/10

Value
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Worried about the air you're breathing in...

Air Matters

Air Matters Network Pty Ltd

8/10

Accuracy

9/10

Design

9/10

Value
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Air Matters Network Pty Ltd
Free

Air Matters is able to show accurate air quality information for more than 180 countries, including the UK, US, China and India. The app can be set to show the data for your current location

The app has options for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, meaning that you can have easy access to the air quality information you want. It can also be connected to various air quality equipment that you can have for indoors such as the Laser Egg air monitor, the Phillips Smart Air Purifier and the Phillips GoPure car air purifier. This gives you the option to understand the quality of the air all around you, not just outdoors.

By having this app and understanding the air within your own home and your car, you can make changes to allow yourself to breathe healthier air. Whilst you can’t control the air in the outdoors, you can control when you choose to go out in it and this app allows you to plan your time so that you go out when the air quality is at its best.

General air quality isn’t all this app can do, as it can also give you accurate information about pollen and pollution. For anyone who suffers when the pollen count increases, this feature can make days out much more bearable as you can choose the best days and times to be out.

8/10

Accuracy

9/10

Design

9/10

Value
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Bugging to know the weather...

WeatherBug – Radar, Forecast

WeatherBug

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
Download Now
WeatherBug
Free

The WeatherBug app is an all-round great example of what you should expect when you download a weather app. The display is clear and easy to understand and the data is well designed for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches. Accurate weather information is available across England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland with real-time conditions, weather forecasts and severe weather alerts.

If you want to know the weather further afield then this app can also provide forecasts for over 90 counties and a massive 2.6 million cities. If you are planning to travel to any of these locations then you can check the weather forecast and also plan your journey as WeatherBug contains traffic conditions and satellite views of all the available maps.

When it comes to severe weather, the app can notify you of any Met Office weather warnings as well as lightning strike alerts, dangerous thunderstorm alerts and a 10-day snow forecast. This app combines basic weather information with severe weather notifications in an easy to use and customisable app.

WeatherBug is free but does offer in-app purchases. All of the features are available to users who download the free version of the app and there is no paying for additional features. Ad-free weather comes at a cost of £2.99 but if you are happy to see ads then you get full access to all-weather data without is costing a penny.

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
Download Now

Get the latest updates from...

AccuWeather Live Weather Radar

AccuWeather International, Inc.

8/10

Accuracy

5/10

Design

7/10

Value
Download Now
AccuWeather International, Inc.
Free

This app is not only available on your iPhone, but it can support Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad and iMessage as well! It wants to be your comprehensive weather pal and it is well worth considering! It’s free to download but does offer in-app purchases should you desire greater levels of access.
The app itself boasts highly accurate weather forecasting, which is backed up by the range of highly positive reviews it has!

The app offers severe weather alerts and a real vs feels like temperature gauge. You can look at lots of different areas so that it can help with planning any trips you may be undertaking and the forecast goes up to 15 days ahead so that you don’t need to wait to make your weekend plans. It also has minute by minute forecasts so you are kept up to date with any sudden weather changes as they happen

The app offers a range of different tools such as UV Index, air quality and the possibility of rain percentage as well as other tools that cater to all needs! It really is a fantastic app that offers everything you could possibly need in a weather forecast and because it is free you can download and try it before you decide whether to upgrade or not!

8/10

Accuracy

5/10

Design

7/10

Value
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Scope out the weather...

MyRadar Weather Radar

Aviation Data Systems, Inc

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

8/10

Value
Download Now
Free

MyRadar Weather Radar app shows you weather radars so that you can see what the weather is like where you are and what you can expect to come your way, leaving you to plan around the daily forecast rather than hoping and guessing. It’s a really interesting way of interacting with the weather and will impress you with the range of radars available to you.

The radars can be zoomed in and out to help you get to grips with what is going on where and you can check in to other parts of the world so that you know what the weather is wherever you are headed. If you really want, you can also look at the cloud cover and follow the flight plan of a selected plane. Great when you are waiting for someone at the airport!

If you are impressed with the free price tag then just remember there are in-app purchases for you and this app offers a yearly plan that unlocks a range of other options such as; sharing weather photos, severe weather alerts and even a storm tracker for you to see where a storm is headed. It is well worth the upgrade if you need detailed weather statistics for your activity planning but otherwise, the free version is just as good and will keep you up to date on what is going on.

9/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

8/10

Value
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Now you can always carry your thermometer around...

Real Thermometer

Cong Qi

8/10

Accuracy

3/10

Design

5/10

Value
Download Now
Free

If you are looking for the simplest way of tracking the temperature and nothing else then this may be a good choice. Real Thermometer is just what it says on the tin; a thermometer that lets you know how hot or cold it is right now. There is also the ability to see what the weather is like where you are too, so you know what to expect when you step outside the door.

You can set it to either Fahrenheit or Celsius and it uses GPS to know where in the world you are at all times. You can also use it to look at the temperature and weather in other locations so you’ll always know what is going on in the places that mean the most to you.

There is some personalisation available via the three skins so you can keep it looking the way that suits you best. There is also the option to pay to remove adverts, but this seems pointless when it doesn’t offer anything else helpful. A simple app that shows the weather and the temperature and doesn’t try to pretend to be something it isn’t. Worth a try if you don’t need all the stats that comes with some of the other options out there.

8/10

Accuracy

3/10

Design

5/10

Value
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Receive pro weather alerts with...

AlertsPro

MeteoGroup Deutschland GmbH

8/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
Download Now
MeteoGroup Deutschland GmbH
Free

AlertsPro is not your typical weather app and isn’t meant to be used as your typical weather checker. In fact, AlertsPro was created to share severe weather warnings. The weather it reports on includes; severe rainfall, heavy snow, storm warnings and others. It uses text warnings to notify you and you can follow the severe weather via the radar and satellite view inside the app.

The app is clear and easy to use with a map interface and a listing option so that you can see all the severe weather warnings across a range of pre-selected areas. It is a bit boring to look at and the graphics could do with an update but this doesn’t stop it from being accessible and delivering content that is reliable and useful for the user.

The app is free but it does have some in-app purchases that you may decide to buy. It’s a great app if you use it for what it is intended but be aware that it only currently covers the USA and most of Europe so if you were planning to go elsewhere this may not be the app for you. You can also store areas that family and friends live in or places that you are due to travel to.

8/10

Accuracy

6/10

Design

7/10

Value
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