The 6 Best Weather Apps for iPhone

You aren't stuck with the iOS default Weather app

The iPhone weather app that comes installed on the device is a great weather app for beginners. However, there's a world of alternative weather apps available that provide more accurate forecast data or display it in a way that's more in line with your personal tastes.

Here are six of the best iPhone weather apps you could be using instead of the one you have installed right now.

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Most Beautiful Weather App: Weather Live°

Weather Live app on iPhone
What We Like
  • Includes an iPhone weather widget in the Notification Center.

  • App icon updates in real time to display the weather.

  • Spectacular imagery.

What We Don't Like
  • The app's text may be hard to read for some users due to the font choice.

  • Weather Live° isn't a free app, and subscriptions are expensive.

Weather Live° is one of the most comprehensive iOS weather apps out there with support for almost every kind of weather tracking—from temperature and rainfall to humidity and wind chill. Daily and weekly weather forecasts are available, and each is enhanced by dynamic weather photography in the background.

Weather Live° supports alert notifications, a special weather widget for the iPhone Notification Center, and an app icon on the Home Screen that changes appearance based on the current weather conditions; you don't need to open the app to check if it's raining. Ever found yourself asking what the best iOS weather app is? Weather Live° is it.

Weather Live° requires iOS 12.4 on iPhones and iPadOS 12.4 on iPads. It is compatible with Apple Watch. It is a free download with in-app purchase packages ranging from $9.99 per month to $39.99 per year.

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Best Free Weather App: WeatherBug

WeatherBug iOS app
What We Like
  • The app is free (with ads).

  • The app is full-featured with plenty of data.

  • Includes live radar and interactive maps.

What We Don't Like
  • There is a small fee for ad-free weather.

  • The iOS app isn't as robust as the Android version.

Finally, a full-featured weather app that doesn't require a subscription. WeatherBug comes with forecasts that range from pollen levels to storm warnings. It delivers real-time forecasts lightning fast. The app covers local, national, and worldwide locations (it claims to forecast for 2.6 million locations) and includes interactive maps and live radar. The app comes with plenty of customization options.

WeatherBug is a free app that requires iOS 10 or later on iPhones or iPadOS 10 or later on iPads. It is compatible with Apple Watch. If you don't want to see the ads, nuke them for $0.99/month or $9.99/year.

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Weather With Most Attitude: CARROT Weather

CARROT Weather iOS app
What We Like
  • You can dial down (or up!) the snark level.

  • Multiple weather data sources.

  • Home screen widget.

  • Family subscription is available.

What We Don't Like
  • Most of the interesting features require a subscription.

  • Subscriptions recur automatically and are costly.

If you like your weather delivered with a dose of snark and your forecasts on the twisted side, CARROT Weather is for you. The super accurate weather data is front and center and delivers current, hourly, and daily forecasts.

This 2021 Apple Design Award winner is easy on the eyes and crazy powerful. When you're not consulting it for the weather, unlock some of the 60 achievements or track down secret locations by following clues.

Some of the personality levels contain occasional references to mild sexual content, profanity, crude humor, and suggestive themes that may offend some users, but the app comes with a Professional setting option that dials all that back.

All this goodness doesn't come cheap. The download is free, but you'll need one of the recurring premium monthly or annual subscriptions that range from $4.99 to $9.99 monthly or $19.99 to $39.99 per year for all the bells and whistles.

CARROT Weather is compatible with iOS and iPadOS 13 or later and with Apple Watch.

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Best Weather App for Minimalists: Weathertron

WeatherTron app on iPhone
What We Like
  • The entire app concept is cool, almost artistic.

  • Supports weather data for over 15,000 cities.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't support the Apple Watch.

  • The app shows weather, time, and temperature but little else.

Weathertron is an iPhone weather app that attempts to reinvent how people consume forecast data, and it succeeds. The app features almost zero text and instead communicates weather conditions and the temperature through the creative use of colored bars and graphs.

From a distance, Weathertron looks almost like digital artwork, but after a few minutes of use, the design aesthetic begins to make sense, and you'll come to appreciate how effective and relaxing this style is.

Weathertron is a $1.99 app that is compatible with iPhone and iPad devices with iOS 6 or later, but not the Apple Watch.

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Best Hyperlocal Weather App: Fresh Air

Fresh Air iPhone weather app
What We Like
  • The Calendar integration is a great idea.

  • Apple Watch version of the app looks great.

  • Elegant and functional design.

What We Don't Like
  • NOAA weather radar map only works for the U.S.

  • iPad version has a lot of unused screen real estate.

Fresh Air sets itself apart from the numerous other iOS weather apps by pulling event data from your iPhone's calendar and displaying it alongside the weather report for that same time period. This integration makes Fresh Air a solid two-in-one solution and will be appreciated by those frustrated with switching between apps to cross-check information. Will it rain during your picnic next Wednesday? Fresh Air will tell you all in one place.

This weather app isn't all about the calendar functionality, though. Fresh Air also supports basic weather app features for checking the daily forecast and offers up to seven days of weather data presented in a rather artistic graph.

Fresh Air is a free download with a $2.99 Premium package as an in-app purchase. It requires iOS 9 or later for iPhone and iPad. It is Apple Watch compatible.

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Best for Weather Pros: RadarScope

RadarScope app on iPhone
What We Like
  • Reliable radar imagery from a variety of sites around the world.

  • A great option for the science or weather buff.

What We Don't Like
  • Definitely not an iPhone weather app for the average person.

  • Expensive app and subscription prices.

  • Apple Watch version is buggy.

RadarScope is a high-end iPhone app for those more interested in the science behind the day's weather than casually checking for the chance of rain. The app allows you to view NEXRAD Level 3 and Super-Resolution radar data to track storms, tornados, and other weather conditions in surprising detail, with data updated every few minutes.

With a $9.99 initial cost and additional in-app purchases for membership subscriptions ranging from $9.99 to $99, RadarScope is very much an app for the dedicated weather enthusiast and not the casual user.

RadarScope is compatible with iPhone with iOS 12 or later, iPad with iPadOS 12 or later, and Apple Watch.

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