Weather is notoriously unpredictable, and relying on television and radio alone is inefficient, to say the least, in this day and age. If you’re a smartphone owner, then always be in the know about the weather and any curve balls Mother Nature has in store for you by downloading efficient and functional weather apps.
It’s safe to say that there are thousands to chose from, which is why we’ve narrowed the choices down to the five best apps you should have on your smartphone .
Free on iTunes , Google Play Store and BlackBerry App World This app is a must-have if you want to know specifics about the weather. Not only does this app provide you with local weather and temperature, but it also gives you dew point, humidity, sunrise, sunset, wind, pressure, pollen, lightening-strike information, and active weather alerts in your vicinity. You can get a 7-day forecast or an hourly forecast. Impressed? There’s more: The app also provides live weather Web cams so you can see the weather yourself, and it features lifestyle forecasts including a golf forecast, outdoor nature forecast, aches and pains forecast, beauty forecast, and more.
2. Yahoo! Weather
Okay, of all the weather apps, this one may not be as comprehensive as Weatherbug, but if you’re not one to click through words and numbers and want a simple format, then this is the app for you . The app shows you a simple screen of the weather at your current location so you can visually get an idea without going through numbers and details.
3. Zyrtec AllergyCast
Allergies are no joke, and if you suffer from them, then you know how important the pollen count is to your day-to-day routine. This app not only gives you temperature and pollen details , but it also tells you how much medicine you should take. If you’re already suffering from the symptoms, the app will let you input data so you can log your symptoms.
4. Swackett X
If you’re the person that ends up wearing flip-flops on a rainy day or a cardigan during a heat wave, then this app is a must. It tells you exactly what kind of clothing you should be sporting to be weather-friendly and includes a “Dog Walking Index,” which will let you know if it is a good time to go walk your pup.
5. Dark Sky
This hyper-local iOS app is an app with a purpose: To help you avoid rain and snow. This may not be a concern in the Saharan dessert, but it can come in very handy in monsoon-ridden areas and pretty much any place where rain and snow can be expected . It also crowdsources information so that users can give live updates on the weather.