Fore­cast Bar

Easy, ac­cu­rate weather in OS X

Mac Format - - RATED -

£4.49 De­vel­oper Real Ca­sual Games, fore­cast­bar.com Re­quires OS X 10.10 or higher

This re­ally use­ful weather util­ity sits in the menu bar, giv­ing you an at-a-glance idea of the weather, or you can open a win­dow for more de­tail. By de­fault, what you get in the menu bar is the tem­per­a­ture and an icon show­ing you the pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tion, though you can cus­tomise this. Click the icon, though, and it dis­plays a full five‑day fore­cast.

The next eight hours are shown in de­tail, with graphs cov­er­ing tem­per­a­ture, chance of rain or how heavy it will be. The five days af­ter that have icons and a bit of de­tail for each, along with tem­per­a­tures. The app is re­ally well de­signed, ac­cu­rate thanks to its use of the ex­cel­lent Fore­cast.io sys­tem, and use­ful – pretty much the OS X ver­sion of our favourite iOS and Watch weather app, Dark Sky. Lots about it can be per­son­alised too – from new lo­ca­tions to get info on, to dif­fer­ent iconog­ra­phy op­tions and tem­per­a­ture scale cus­tomi­sa­tion. Matt Bolton It’s a bit of a pricey op­tion, but this is a great-look­ing, use­ful and cus­tomis­able OS X weather util­ity.

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