What the Weather app icons on iPhone and iPad mean

Is that the heavy showers icon, Jony?

Apple’s iOS Weather app on iPhone and iPad provides you with basic information about what to expect from the weather, but most of us have no idea what those icons mean.

25 icons, but what do they mean?

Apple has created 25 icons for the app, some are obvious, others less so. For example, can you tell the difference between the icon for scattered and heavy snow? Perhaps more importantly, can you immediately understand the difference between showers, heavy showers and drizzle?

Most of us really can’t tell – and that’s why I was so pleased to come across this Apple support tech note that lists all the different icons and tells us what they mean.

So, without further ado, here are the weather app icons and what they mean:

What the weather app icons mean

What the weather app icons mean

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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1 Response

  1. Ronald Quint says:

    Here’s a positive idea from the Apple grouser. I have looked at the same Apple Weather app for years. Why not make the homescreen “weather” icon live? The homescreen “clock” icon and “calendar” icons are live. I suggest the temperature, displayed, over a sun or cloud, depending on conditions. That would provide “at a glance” information.

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