Your iPhone can warn you minutes before 'surprise heatwave rain' – how to turn it on | The Sun

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IF you're worried about those summer showers, your iPhone has a handy trick to help.

The UK's ongoing heatwave will almost certainly be interrupted by some surprise rainfall.

These can often catch you at the worst times – just when you thought you were safe in the sun.

Thankfully the iPhone has a hidden system to warn you just before a downpour is due.

This gives you time to run for cover, turn around on your walk, or pop open the umbrella.

It's linked to the huge overhaul of the new iPhone Weather app that rolled out with iOS 15 in September.

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Apple's Weather app wasn't always brilliant – and has previously been mocked.

But the new version is significantly better, and could stop you from getting drenched.

How to enable weather alerts on your iPhone

First, make sure you're updated to iOS 15 – go to Settings > General > Software Update.

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Then grant the Weather app your location info, otherwise it won't work.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and select Always.

You'll get even better alerts if you grant Precise Location access.

Next, make sure the Weather app can send notifications.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications, and then select which type of alerts you want.

Finally, you then need to enable weather alerts.

Go into the Weather app and choose the list icon in the bottom-right.

At the top you'll see an option called Stay Dry.

If that doesn't appear, tap the three dots in the top right and then go to Notifications.

Tap Turn On Notifications, and then activate the switch for My Location.

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Then tap Done in the top-right and it should work.

Now you'll get a warning just before it's about to start raining where you are.


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