Got a question about our weather app for iPhone? Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)
The landing screen, which is the first screen that you see, provides a forecast summary for the daytime (sunrise to sunset) or night-time (sunset to sunrise).
In the context of temperature this means the display shows the highest temperature expected during day light hours. The highest temperature is usually reached sometime during the afternoon.
Likewise, after sunset the display shows the lowest temperature expected during night-time hours. The lowest temperature is usually reached just before dawn.
If you drill down, amongst other detail, the application informs the user what the actual sunrise/set times are. This determines whether your screen shows a daytime or night-time summary on the landing page.
You can drill down to three-hourly snapshots of the expected weather for your chosen location.
The landing screen is not meant to be a representation of the current weather for that location.
To see the weather information for your location you need to swipe the screen from left to right, this will move you on to your next chosen location. At the bottom of the screen there are some dots, these represent the number of locations that you have selected, for example if you have four locations you will have four dots. As you move through the locations the representing dot is highlighted green.
The sunrise and sunset times are available by going to the five-day forecast screen and then pressing on the three dots icon, this gives you more detailed weather information, including sunrise and sunset times.
Currently the app does not include maximum and minimum temperatures, however we are always grateful for user feedback to improve the app. We will consider adding this in a future release.
Currently the app does not include these as we have provided wind speed and feels like temperature. However, a number of you have requested that we include these within the app as you find them very useful. This feedback has been collated and we will consider adding this in a future release.
All map layers can be found by clicking the map icon at the bottom of the screen. The map layers are all forecast layers. They include; weather symbols, rainfall, temperature, wind, UV, satellite and surface pressure charts. Please note as the app is designed for people on the go, it does not currently include any observed data.
If you click on Info at the bottom of the screen, and then information, you can select weather the symbols key which will provide you with this information.
The application is having to download a lot of data particularly on the map screen. Over WiFi this should work well, but it can be slow on 3G and 2G. We are looking at the moment at ways in which we can improve this without reducing the amount of information we are providing.
You can select a maximum of 10 locations.
The iPhone app is free to download from the Apple App store. The Met Office does not charge you to use the app but you may be charged by your operator for the amount of data you use. You need to check the tariff you are on with your mobile operator.
This can be because the location services are GPS driven and therefore need to be in a strong GPS area, to pick up a location. An alternative until you are in a stronger GPS area is to manually select your location using the + button at the top screen.
You can manually enter up to 10 locations using the + button at the top of the screen. You can view an updated forecast for each of these selections by swiping the screen.
The app is designed to contain the content you might need while you are out and about, in a quick and easy to view format. If you require more detailed information you can still visit the main Met Office website for full details.
The app was designed to be as simple and easy to use as possible, but we have included some FAQs in the app to help. To view the FAQs, tap the menu icon or button on your phone and then tap on the info icon. This will give you some quick guides to navigation e.g. how to view more detailed information such as three hourly forecasts, and content.
Including advertising on the app, allows us to provide the app to you free of charge and helps to fund future developments. We have designed the app so that the advertising is as low profile as possible, putting the weather content first.
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