There was a time where one needed to rely on a newspaper, television and radio for the weather forecast. That came with a lot of disadvantages which includes timing of the information. The forecast was given at a certain time so if you missed it, then you would have to ask a friend for details or just go with the flow.
With the introduction of smartphones, things have become easier and this includes having an idea of what the weather situation will be around you. Android and Apple users should endeavor to utilize their smart phones more and save themselves and their families.
Ghana has experienced some changes in its known weather pattern this year and it is therefore a good time to add checking the weather to your daily routine.
In this article, we list a few top weather apps that most people use around the world and in Ghana. They are simple to use and can be downloaded from your app store or play store.
- 1 Weather: Allows you to track and view weather forecasts and current conditions for “My location” to get close to accurate weather conditions at your exact location.
- AccuWeather : Per its description, and feedback from users, AccuWeather gives accurate weather forecasts, real-time alerts, and gives warnings on severe weather conditions on- demand.
- Weather Channel: Helps you stay informed with reliable forecasts, interactive radar and real-time rain alerts, backed by the most trusted name in weather- The weather Channel.
- Google: You can easily do a google search by finding “weather forecast in Accra on 11/11/19” and a result will pop up.
There are many more but these are used widely and do not use up much space. More importantly, they are easy to navigate and understand.
After finding out what the weather condition will be in your area, you should find good routes, traffic free areas etc.in order to plan your travel to work or to drop off your children; that is if you must step out. Google Maps, on both your android and apple device will come in handy here.
After checking the weather, go to your map on your device and key in your destination.
Google maps have street maps, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for travel by foot, bicycle, motor, car, public transport and even by air. It gives an estimated time within which you will arrive at your location taking into consideration the weather, the road and traffic conditions.
Even better, google maps have a GPS turn- by-turn navigation to guide you to your destination.
This is helpful most especially on a bad weather day.
As parents, checking the weather forecast for the day will help you prepare your child for the expected condition. A hot weather, will require that you give your wards an umbrella, extra water or juice and wear cool shoes or sandals for them.
A rainy day will mean that you should give them an umbrella/raincoat, some hot beverage, a cardigan and warm shoes.
Older children with phones, should be taught to do these too. We are not sure when the rains will stop or when the heat will get better. Rather than being left to chance, rely on technology.