How to setup severe weather and next-hour Precipitation alerts on iOS 16 and Apple Watch

how to set up severe weather alerts and next-hour forecast on iOS 16

Following Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky in 2020, the company made significant changes to the Weather app. The Weather app in iOS16 has retained many of the features introduced last year but has also introduced a few new features of its own.

One of these features is the ability to sign up for severe weather alerts. If your style varies on your mood or the weather of the day, you may want to set up this feature. Depending upon your Apple Watch settings, you can also get these flash weather notifications on your watch.

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How to Set up Severe Weather Notifications on iOS 16

  1. Launch the Weather app on your iPhone
  2. Scroll down all the way to the bottom and locate ‘Notifications’
  3. Tap on NotificationsiOS 16 Weather notifications
  4. Under the section ‘Current Location’, enable Severe Weather and Next-Hour precipitation
  5. Tap on Done

This makes sure that no matter where you are, you will be able to get severe weather and next-hour rain alert on your iPhone and Apple Watch

Set up Severe Weather alerts for Multiple cities

The new feature also allows setting up severe weather alerts for multiple cities. The Weather app shows all the cities you have chosen below the ‘Current Location.’iOS 16 Weather notifications

Tap on any city names, and on the next screen, you can enable Severe Weather and Next-hour Precipitation settings.Severe weather alerts for multiple cities iOS 16

When it comes to next-hour Precipitation, Apple also has a clever map feature that shows the forecast for the next hour in a map view for the city.

Tap on the bottom left map icon when you launch the weather app.Map View of Weather in iOS 16

At the bottom of the map, you will find the next-hour weather forecast.Next hour forecast in iOS 16 Weathers app

The map shows precipitation categories in four legends: Extreme, Heavy, Moderate, and light.

Tapping on the next-hour precipitation control at the bottom will take you back to the 12-hour forecast view introduced in iOS 15.

Weather Notifications on watchOS 9

The watchOS 9 doesn’t have any special or new settings. To make sure that the severe weather notifications are piped into your Apple Watch,

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on NotificationsApple Watch notifications in IOS 16
  3. Scroll down and tap on the ‘Weather’ appiOS 16 Weather app notifications
  4. Make sure that the ‘Default City’ is correctSet default city in weather app iOS 16
  5. From under ‘Notifications Settings, choose ‘Mirror my iPhone’

This makes sure the notifications are piped to your Apple Watch from the weather app on your iPhone.

Weather Widgets for iOS 16 Lock Screen design

iOS 16 introduced a new lock screen design that allows users to customize their lock screen. One of the elements of customization of your lock screen is the ability to add widgets. There are now eight weather widgets for both over and under the time: Air Quality, Conditions, Moon Events, Rain, Sun Events, Temperature, UV Index, and Wind.

Is the Severe Alert feature available in my region?

The next-hour precipitation notifications are currently only available in a few countries.

According to Apple, 

“Severe weather information is available from The Weather Channel for Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States, and most countries and regions in Europe. Some users might receive severe weather alerts from various meteorological agencies through Apple Weather. Severe weather information is available from national weather services for Brazil, India, Mexico, and Thailand. Severe weather information is available from QWeather for China mainland.”

Next-hour precipitation forecasts and precipitation notifications are available for Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The information is provided by Apple using data from national weather services.

Apple has really changed the Weather app experience since iOS 15. Go ahead and try out this new feature and feel to share any comments or tips.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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