How to Create a Weather App?
The weather has an important bearing on our lives. Whether you are rich or poor, living in a city or village, going to your office, or planning to travel abroad, weather affects us.
Any alert regarding adverse weather conditions gives people the time to either reschedule their travel date or take adequate precautions.
You can exploit the huge demand for accurate weather forecasting to build an app that would give the users detailed weather reports, forecasts, and adverse weather alerts.
Such weather apps are popular among users worldwide. In the PlayStore, there are more than 8000 apps related to weather forecasting.
Moreover, weather apps generate good revenue in the Android market. You can differentiate how much revenue weather apps generate compared to other apps from the graph given below.
Talking about the Apple Store, you will find more than 2400 apps that focus on weather forecasting.
The statistics indicate that the demand for weather forecasting apps will increase in the coming years.
If you have planned to make a weather app, you have reached the right place.
Here we will explain in detail how to build a weather app.
So, let’s get started:
6 Steps to Build a Weather app
Here is a step-by-step process that you need to follow to build a fully functional weather app.
1. Research about Your Competitors
Weather apps give the users’ weather forecasts based on hours and even days.
A weather app that offers an attractive user interface and provides highly accurate forecasting will take the lead over its rivals.
Therefore, you must first research the apps of your main competitors to study their strengths and weaknesses before you create your app.
Researching the apps of your successful competitors will give you a clue regarding what features you must add and what to avoid in the interface of the app.
You can also go through the reviews of these apps on the various platforms to know what extra features their users want and try to include them in your app to get an edge over them.
2. Get the Tools Needed for Accurate Weather Forecasting
After studying your competitors, you should look for a source of highly reliable and accurate data for weather forecasting that can be integrated with your app.
While there are many weather forecast API providers available in the market, here we will walk you through the best of the bunch.
Weather Underground API
It is a well-known weather forecasting company that comprises mobile services to provide meteorological data sourced from multiple weather stations.
The company has created a WeatherUndergound API which developers can use to develop a weather app.
Besides this, the company allows third-party developers to create APIs and share it with them.
Some of the API data packages that it offers include the following:
- DATA CORE: It offers the most basic weather APIs, radar, and satellite data.
- ENHANCED CURRENT CONDITION: It includes their highest resolution weather data.
- SEVERE WEATHER: It offers real-time weather forecasting as well as trailing estimates of any severe weather pattern.
- ENHANCED FORECAST: It provides highly sophisticated weather forecast models created by sophisticated algorithms.
- HISTORICAL DATA FORECAST: It provides you with historical weather data observations.
- TRAFFIC DATA: In this package, you get data from a massive network of 300 million sources in 50 countries regarding traffic and incident data.
OpenWeatherMap API is an open-source module that gives you highly accurate meteorological information from more than 40,000 weather stations spread worldwide.
Some of the highly refined data that it provides include the following:
- Historical data of more than 1,20,000 cities around the world.
- An interactive map including current weather patterns.
- Highly accurate daily and weekly weather forecast of a city.
- Multiple web maps show the cloud pattern, wind, precipitation, and temperature.
It is another globally recognized company that provides comprehensive and highly accurate meteorological data to its registered users.
The reputed company has created AccuWeatherAPI through which it offers the following details to the third-party app developers:
- Local meteorological data and current weather conditions.
- Hourly and daily forecast.
- Weather notifications.
- Satellite and radar pictures.
- Astronomical data and much more.
3. Create an App that Stands Out
After you have collected all the research data and tools, the next logical step is to create the weather app for both Android and iOS platforms.
You have two options: Make a separate app for both platforms or create a hybrid app that works on both platforms simultaneously. If you don’t know the difference between native and hybrid, you can check this guide on native vs hybrid app development.
While building the app, the next thing you must keep in mind is its utility and easy accessibility to the user.
To make the app attractive, you should work hard on the user interface and try to make it interesting by including animations.
Some of the essential features that you must include in your weather app include the following.
- Real-time weather info and forecasting.
- Hourly and weekly forecasting with interactive maps.
- Push notifications for any weather alert.
- Sunset and sunrise time.
- Traffic condition and visibility.
- Support for the maximum number of devices.
- Attractive graphics and animated icons, and more.
4. Decide USP of Your App
As your app will compete with thousands of similar apps in the market, you must provide a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) in your app that would help it to stand out in the crowd.
For example, you can include a USP that offers emergency details in case of natural disasters. For the same, you will require information regarding nearby shelters, emergency services, and other things.
5. Choose App Monetization Methods
Once you have created the app, the next question that will appear in your mind is how to monetize a weather app?
You can earn money by providing advertising services integrated with this app. You can also offer a plan in which users can disable the ads and get some premium features.
Besides this, you can integrate various other monetization methods into your app.
6. Launch Your App
After you have made the app and chosen the monetization method, the next step is to introduce it into the app market.
The Android PlayStore and the Apple App Store have distinct requirements for listing any app. After you have completed all the official documentation, your app will be listed.
Now start your digital marketing campaign through multiple channels to create a buzz around the app launch which will interest people to download and try out its features.
But still the question remains, How Much Does it Cost to Develop a Weather App?
The estimated weather app development cost varies significantly on complexity, features, functionalities, total time, developer location, etc.
To know the estimated cost to develop a weather app, you can check out this blog on app development cost.
If you have less budget but want to launch your weather app, you have an option. What?
You can develop and launch your MVP app with minimum features. Further, you can update the weather app as per the requirement.
Although creating a weather app is not resource-heavy, if made correctly, it can offer economic benefit to your business and also help the users to get an accurate weather forecast.
If you have a great idea and want to develop a weather app, don’t hesitate to contact us.
GuruTechnoLabs is a well-known mobile app development company. We have delivered mobile apps to clients worldwide. Hence, we can understand your project idea and provide you with a modern weather application.