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Thursday 25 December 2014

The 10 best weather apps

1. Met Office Weather
Free, Android and iPhone The Met Office is the best. Its app has three hourly forecasts and also five-day predictions. It also gives the "feels-like" temperature and even has a UV forecast map.
2. The Weather Channel
Free, Android and iPhone Is it cagoule or bikini? Jumper or vest? Just press the location-finder and 200+ meteorologists at the Weather Channel spring into action (well, sort of).
3. GO Weather Widget
Free, Android If you're a weather worrier who doesn't feel fully equipped without a sun hat and an umbrella in your knapsack, you'll love this. It updates automatically.
4. Weather HD
Free, iPhone It may seem odd to describe an app that warns you whether it's going to drizzle as something beautiful – but how else to describe this delightful device?
5. Weather Bug
Free, iPhone Accurate, easy to read and simple to use, the Bug gives at-a-glance information on weather in your neighbourhood and elsewhere in the world.
6. Weather Maps
Free, iPhone Be your own weather forecaster. This shows a map of any country over which you can see the cloud coverage, temperature and chance of rain.
7. Barometer Antique
£1.69, iPhone This turns your sleek iPod into a kitsch 'antique barometer'. Its large pointing arrow on the opening page gives you the weather in refreshingly simple terms.
8. Weather+
£0.69, iphone This is ideal for planning your holiday wear, giving you a five-day forecast for pretty much anywhere. Just swipe the screen to flick to a different city.
9. AccuWeather
Free, Android and iPhone Off to a music festival? Want to know whether you need to dig out the Docs or find last year's sandals? Just whip out your AccuWeather app.
10. Wind Finder
Free, iPhone For some, the wind is an essential part of the weekend's fun. Designed for paragliders, kite-fliers and sailors, this app gives real time info on 25,000 locations.

For a fighting chance of staying dry this summer - or even catching some rays - download one of these fab forecasters.

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