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5 Best Free Weather Apps to Use on Your Mac

5 Best Free Weather Apps You Can Add to Menu Bar or Dock on Mac

Weather forecasting is imperative as knowing the weather conditions ahead of time can sometimes be crucial. Information about the weather can help save lives and property. Although harsh weather forecasts are announced on the news and by the government, keeping an eye on everyday weather can be beneficial. It can help you stay warm in the cold fall and winter seasons as well as not overheat in the summer and spring seasons.

After careful research, we have gathered the 5 best free weather forecast apps for your Mac. Some of them have a wide range of features, while others are more simple and minimalistic.

5 Best Free Weather Apps to Use on Your Mac

  • Weatherbug

The Weatherbug app provides you with all the information you need on weather conditions in your area. The app's icon is automatically added to your menu bar after you launch it. The icon shows the current weather temperature, so you don't need to open the app every time you want to check weather conditions.

Weatherbug offers detailed weather data and a view of a live map for all your added locations, hourly weather forecast, weather alerts. You can also choose between metric and imperial units to view the forecast and more.

  • Weather Widget Desktop

Weather Widget Desktop app has a pleasant and simple interface. It allows you to see a brief today's forecast on the menu bar instantly. You can also view a more in-depth weather forecast for few days in advance by adding it to your desktop.

Weather Widget Desktop offers multiple location support, which means you can add many locations worldwide and simultaneously see an overview of the weather conditions. Also, you can personalize the widget to a certain extent and more.

  • Weather Dock

Weather Dock is a weather forecast app that you can add and keep in the dock. The animated icon shows the current weather condition in your location, which you can customize.

The app provides quite an accurate weather forecast supplied by The Weather Company. Weather Dock offers a fun interface, including animated elements, weather updates every hour, the ability to choose imperial or metric units, and more.

  • Forcast Bar

The Forcast Bar is a great app that offers very accurate weather information provided by The Weather Company and Dark Sky. You can easily customize the app's interface for your liking. What's exceptional is that you can choose to add the icon either to the menu bar or the dock.

Forcast bar offers current weather, cloud conditions, humidity, air quality, pollution levels, etc. You can also view animated radar and satellite imagery, wind conditions with an animated compass, and more.

  • Weather for Status Bar

Weather for Status Bar is the simplest weather forecast app on this list. It doesn't have many personalization options and has a very minimalistic interface. The app has almost no personalization options. This app is an excellent choice if you don't want to be overwhelmed.

All apps are great in providing you a reliable weather forecast. Now, pick one and read down below to get to know the app better.

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Weatherbug

Weatherbug is one of the most popular free weather forecast apps out there. It is informative and simple to use.

To add Weatherbug to the menu bar, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the App Store and download the Weatherbug app.
2. Then, open the app and click on "OK" to allow it to use your location.
3. The Weatherbug icon will appear on the right side of the menu bar. By clicking on the icon, you'll be able to see current and today's forecast every few hours simultaneously, as well as worldwide satellite, which shows you your location.

To manage the Weatherbug app, follow the guide below:

  • Click on the Weatherbug icon, and in the pop-up window, click on the gear icon, locater in the upper right corner.

Go to Weatherbug preferences

  • Under "Units", "Weather Units" and "Pressure Units" you can choose the imperial or metric system for the weather forecast.

Choose Weatherbug units

  • You can add multiple locations by clicking on your location name and under "Add a new location", enter the city you want to add. Now you can see the weather forecast in all your favorite locations.

Add multiple locations to Weatherbug

To remove the icon from the menu bar and quit the app, click on the icon, then on the gear icon, and at the bottom, choose "Quit Weatherbug".

Quit Weatherbug

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Weather Widget Desktop

The Weather Widget Desktop app is a great weather forecast app for your Mac.

To add Weather Widget Desktop to the menu bar, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the App Store and download the Weather Widget Desktop app.
2. Then, open the weather app and click on "OK" to allow the app to use your location.
3. A weather icon will appear on the right side of the menu bar. You will instantly see the weather forecast.
4. Click on the weather icon on the menu bar, and you will be able to see today's and the next two days' weather forecast as well.

To manage Weather Widget Desktop, follow the guide below:

  • To access app settings, click on the app icon in the menu bar and go to "Preferences".

Go to Weather Widget preferences

  • If you need or want to change the location, you can enter it manually in the "Weather" tab.

Add location to Weather Widget

  • At the bottom of the "Weather" tab window, you can choose the units you prefer.

Choose units for Weather Widget

  • In the "Desktop" tab, you can change style settings.
  • If you do not want to see whether displayed on your desktop, expand the drop-down menu next to "Style" and select "None".

Remove Weather Widget weather forecast from desktop

  • In the "Generals" tab, check the box next to "Hide icon in dock" if you don't want to see the app's icon in the dock all the time.

Hide Weather Widget icon from dock If you decide to remove the Weather Widget Desktop icon from the menu bar, click on the icon and select "Quit".

Quit Weather Widget Desktop

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Weather Dock

Weather Dock is another weather forecast app that's worth your attention. You can keep it in your Mac's dock.

To add Weather Widget Desktop to the dock, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the App Store and download the Weather Dock app.
2. Launch it and click on "OK" to allow the app to use your location.
3. The weather app's icon will appear in the dock. You can view the current, today's, and the next three-day weather forecast by clicking on the icon.

To manage Weather Dock, follow the guide below:

  • To access app settings, click on the app icon in the dock, then click on "Weather Dock" in the menu bar and go to "Preferences".

Go to Weather Dock preferences

  • In the "Weather" tab, you can manually set a location.

Add location manually to Weather Dock

  • At the bottom of the "Weather" tab window, you can choose the units you prefer.

Choose units in Weather Dock

  • In the "General" tab, you can choose what you want to see displayed on the app's icon in the dock.
  • If you want to save your MacBooks battery, you can disable the icon animation by checking the box next to "Disable icon animation".

Disable icon animation in Weather Dock

To remove the weather icon from the dock, right-click on it and select "Quit".

Quit Weather Dock

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Forcast Bar

With the Forecast app, you can choose to view whether forecast in the menu bar or from the dock. When you first download the app, it gives you a free 7-day trial to try out the premium features.

To add Weather Widget Desktop to the dock or the menu bar, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the App Store and download the Forecast Bar app.
2. Launch it and select "Menu Bar" or "Dock" to display the forecast, and click on "Continue".

Choose where to keep Forecast Bar icon

3. Then, select the size of the Forcast Bar and click on "Continue".

Choose Forecast bar size

4. Choose how you want to see today's forecast and click on "Continue".

Choose how you want to see today's forecast

5. Choose if you want to be notified and click on "Continue".

Manage notifications in Forecast Bar

6. Then, choose if you want Forecast Bar to start automatically.

Choose if you want the Forecast Bar to start automatically

7. Finally, click on "Finish" and then on "OK" to allow the app to see your location.

Finish Forecast Bar setup

To manage Forecast Bar, follow the guide below:

  • To access Forecast Bar settings, click on the app icon, then click on the gear icon located at the bottom left corner of the window.

Click on the gear icon to access Forecast Bar settings

  • In the settings window, in the "General" tab, you can select if you want the app to launch on startup.
  • Next to "Units", select the imperial or metric system.

Choose units for Forecast Bar

  • In the "Subscription" tab, you can manage your subscription and get help if you've encountered some difficulties.
  • In the "Appearance" tab, you can change style settings.

Manage appearance settings in Forecast Bar

  • In the "Notifications" tab, you can manage Forecast bar notifications and sound settings.

Manage notification settings in Forecast bar

If you decide you want to quit the app, click on the Forecast Bar icon and go to the app setting by clicking on the gear icon. Then, in the "General" tab, click on "Quit".

Quit Forecast Bar

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Weather for Status Bar

The Weather for Status Bar app is very minimalistic. It's great if you only need minimal today's forecast.

To add Weather for Status Bar to the menu bar, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the App Store and download the Weather for Status Bar app.
2. Open it. You will see the weather app icon appear in the menu bar.

To manage Weather for Status Bar, follow the guide below:

  • To access Forecast Bar settings, click on the app icon and select "Preferences".

Go to Weather for Status Bar preferences

  • In the app settings, next to Find city", you can enter the city you want to see the forecast for.

Add location to Weather for Status Bar

  • Next to Units", select metric or imperial system.

Choose Weather for Status Bar units

  • Next to "Icons", you can select if you want the icons to be colored or black and white.

Customize WEather for Status Bar icon

To quit the Weather for Status Bar app, click on the app icon and then click on "Quit".

Quit Weather for Status Bar

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