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WeatherSA comes to iOS, the online hub of the South African Weather Service, has unveiled a brand new weather application for all iOS devices.

The app is designed with South African users in mind, and supported by the South African Weather Service.

Several of the app features are a first for South Africa, such as storm warnings and push notifications, which are sent directly to the user’s device daily. Other highlights of the application include breaking news alerts, seven day tables of weather across the country, an outlook for various outdoor and sports activities, sunrise, sunset and moonrise times as well as hourly and weekly graphs covering rain, wind, temperature, pressure and humidity.

The WeatherSA app will be available as free download and allows users to customise the weather notices sent to their device(s), from daily to weekly forecasts, local news, national warnings to provincial forecasts. The app can also predict the best time of day for outdoor activities such as cycling, swimming and going for a jog, making it the perfect lifestyle accessory.

One of the most novel features of the WeatherSA app is the ability for users to share alerts with their contacts via email, Twitter or Facebook, which links in perfectly with WeatherSA’s broad spectrum social media campaign. Their Facebook and Twitter pages will provide followers with daily updates, news and interesting information surrounding both the weather and lifestyle features.

‚This is a very exciting development for WeatherSA and the app industry in South Africa‚ says WeatherSA’s Director, Chris Barker. ‚We hope to make this app not only the go-to programme for all weather, sporting and lifestyle enthusiasts but all online South Africans‚ .

The WeatherSA app is also available as a paid for premium download, and will not only provide all the features and services of the free app, but will also include added extras such as storm tracking and lightning strike maps. This premium package will also allow users to view radar animations on storms as well animated maps with provincial zoom options.

WeatherSA apps for Blackberry and Android will be available for download from the relevant stores in the near future.

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