How to Get Severe Weather Notifications in iOS 16 on iPhone

Despite getting some notable improvements, the Weather app has gone a bit under the radar. One of the neat additions to the stock weather app that has managed to catch my attention is the “Severe Weather Notifications.” From what I can tell this is exactly what you need to get a timely alert about dreading storms, thunders, floods, heavy rains, tornados, hurricanes, and more. So, if you are ready to unlock this critical feature, let me show you how to get severe weather notifications in iOS 16 on iPhone.

Get Severe Weather Notifications in iOS 16 on iPhone

It’s worth pointing out that the Apple Weather app allows you to enable weather alerts both for your current location and any location which you have added to the app. But bear in mind that “Severe Weather Notifications” is currently available in the selected countries and regions. Here is the list of the locations where it has gone live with the rollout of iOS 16:

  • India
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • China
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • The United States
  • Europe (Note that the Severe Weather Notifications feature is available in most countries and regions in Europe)

Allow Weather App to Access Your Location on iPhone

To get started, ensure that the Weather app can access your location data.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Now, scroll down and select Weather.

Step 3. Tap on Location.

Step 4. Under the Allow Location Access, select Always.

Allow Weather App to Access Your Location on iPhone

Enable Severe Weather Notifications on iPhone

Step 1. To get going, launch the Weather app on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the Forecast screen, tap on the tiny three horizontal lines at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Next, tap on the triple dot icon located at the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Next up, select Notifications in the menu.

Enable Severe Weather Notifications on iPhone

Step 5. Up next, turn on the toggle for Severe Weather that appears below the Current Location section.

Step 6. Now, tap on Allow in the popup.

Step 7. Finally, make sure to tap on Done at the top right corner of the screen to confirm.

Severe Weather Notifications on iPhone

Sticky Note:

  • Do note that the Weather app also lets you turn on severe weather notifications for other locations (I mean the ones that aren’t your location.
  • To do so, tap one of the locations in the list and then turn on the switch next to Severe Weather.

Signing off…

That’s done! Going forward, the Weather app will send you critical alerts related to your selected locations. Keep in mind that critical alerts always play a sound and appear on the Lock Screen even if your iPhone is muted or Do Not Disturb is turned on.

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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