What Do the iPhone Weather Symbols & Color Bars Mean?

If you have used the Weather app on your iPhone, it can be confusing to understand what certain symbols and color bars mean. We all know what the sun and the cloud with rain symbolize, but what about the symbol of the sun hiding behind the cloud or the moon with the stars? Let's dive deep into iPhone Weather app symbols, colored bars, and their meanings.

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iPhone Weather Symbols & Meanings

Sky Symbols

These symbols indicate different sky conditions. Speaking of symbols, check out our article on how to use the emoji keyboard to add emojis to text messages.  

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Clear (Daytime)
Clear (Nighttime)
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy (Nighttime)

Precipitation Symbols

These symbols indicate types of precipitation. 

Heavy Showers
Hail/Mixed Rain
Scattered Snow
Heavy Snow/Sleet
Blowing Snow

Air Symbols

These symbols indicate conditions found in the air. 

Frigid Temps

Storm Symbols

These symbols indicate certain weather disturbances.


What Do the Colored Bars in the Weather App Mean?

You might also wonder whether the colored bars in the 10-day forecast section indicate temperature, humidity, or air quality. The Weather app has a 10-day forecast feature, which displays the forecast for the day ahead plus the next nine days. Each forecast will have a colored bar. The colored bars show the temperature range for those days. To learn more about the Weather app and other iPhone apps, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

In the illustration above, you can see that the coldest day has the bar positioned to the left, and the hottest day has the bar positioned to the right. The colors represent the following temperature ranges:

  • Dark Blue: Very Cold (less than 32°F)
  • Light Blue: Cold (32°F to 59°F)
  • Green: Slightly Cold (59°F to 68°F)
  • Yellow: Slightly Warm (68°F to 77°F)
  • Orange: Warm (77°F to 86°F)
  • Red: Very Hot (86°F and above)

On the forecast for today, the colored bar also has a white dot. The white dot symbolizes the current temperature. 

If you're struggling to navigate your Apple Watch's new weather app, you can check out our helpful tutorial on the revamped Weather App on Apple Watch. Now that you have a clear understanding of the Weather app symbols, be sure to check out our article on how to avoid traffice by using Google Maps. Next, learn what the symbols on the Apple Watch mean.

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Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.