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Cool trick to get your iPhone to warn you right before it rains

There are plenty of weather apps available with varying degrees of functionality. Most of them will give you basic information like the temperature, humidity and the forecast for the next few days.

But what if you want to receive alerts when it’s about to rain? Well, if you have been looking for an app just like that, you don’t have to search very far. You already have one on your Apple device. A little-known update in the latest version of iOS 15 is there to help.

Earlier this year, the National Weather Service (NWS) included its alert system into iOS. You can get mobile phone notifications on tornadoes, hailstorms, strong winds, and lightning by adding a new destructive category. Read on to find out how to get rain alerts more easily.

Here’s the backstory

To use the NWS alerts, you must activate them through an elaborate process. But there is a much easier way to be notified about rain, and that is through built-in technology on your iPhone that has iOS 15 installed.

Most weather apps will give you a forecast of the day, with a percentage chance for rain. However, the weather app on iOS can let you know precisely when it is about to rain. This should give you enough warning to find the appropriate shelter.

iOS rain weather app
Credit: Apple

But don’t feel bad if you don’t know about the functionality. The rain alert was only included with the latest update as part of a massive overhaul of the general Weather app.

How to set up rain alerts

The Weather app that comes pre-installed on iOS is much better now and includes a host of functions, views and metrics. You can now also see full-screen temperature, precipitation and air quality maps.

To set up the alerts for rain, hail, or snow, you must add some locations to your list. By default, it will show alerts for your current location but also works for saved places.

Here’s how to add locations: Open the Weather app and tap the three stacked lines options menu in the bottom right corner. Next, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right and select Edit List. In the search bar, enter a city and tap Add.

When that is done, you can set up the app for weather alerts. To do this, you’ll first need to enable Location Access. On your iPhone, open Settings and tap Privacy, then Location Services > Weather, and select Always.

Once that is done, you’re ready to turn on weather notifications.

Do this by tapping the options button in the bottom right corner of the Weather app. On the screen with your list of cities, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, and tap Notifications. A screen will appear asking you to Allow Notifications. Tap Continue and Allow on the pop-up menu.

You will have the choice of getting alerts for your current location or any saved locations in the app. Just toggle the slider next to each city that you want to receive alerts for to activate it. That’s it. You’re now set up for weather notifications.

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