The application, available free of charge, has weather forecasts for over 17,000 locations in Finland and for thousands of international destinations. The user can easily check any warnings in effect in Finland.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute has introduced a new weather application for iPhone and Android phones. The application can be downloaded free of charge from AppStore or Google Play. The application also works on iPad and Android tablets.
The application has a ten-day weather forecast for over 17,000 locations in Finland and for thousands of destinations abroad. Local weather data are accompanied by observations from Finnish weather stations. If phone tracking is enabled, the service will automatically show the weather forecast for the user’s location. The weather forecast includes the probability of rain, the hourly rainfall predicted, and the wind direction and speed. The application also shows the times for sunrise and sunset. Besides the temperature forecast, the application includes the ‘feels like’ temperature. The language selection available for the interface is Finnish, Swedish or English. The application has no advertisements.
Weather-related warnings are now available more easily. Besides the official warning channels, the warnings drawn up by the Finnish Meteorological Institute are updated automatically for the weather application. The warnings are updated seven times a day. The number of warning types in effect for all of Finland is also available at a glance.
“As a safety authority, it is important for us to disseminate up-to-date weather warnings as widely as possible,” says Director of Weather and Safety Juhani Damski. “Thanks to our new application, it’s now easy to send warnings to smartphone users.”
The weather application works in iPhone 3GS and later versions with the iOS version 4.3 or higher, in iPad devices with iOS version 4.3 or higher, and in Android devices with Android 2.2 or higher.
The weather application is free of charge. The user only pays the normal data transfer fee according to the subscription agreement.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute is constantly developing its mobile services. Feedback on the weather application can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or on Facebook through the FMI Beta page (http://www.facebook.com/fmibeta).
Additional information: Mikko Rauhala, tel. 029 539 3625