National launch of free weather prediction phone app!

Have you been put off cycling or walking before because of the weather? Well now a group of expert organisations has come together to launch a brand new free android phone app, which will provide very local and accurate rainfall predictions. This will enable you to plan your outdoor activity and travel routes, safe in the knowledge you’ll stay dry!

The project team – consisting of environmental charity PECT, Meniscus, Anglia Ruskin University, and Loughborough University – has joined forces to launch a brand new app called Hyperlocal Rainfall, funded by Innovate UK, the government’s technology agency.

The aim of the app is to enable people to obtain incredibly accurate short-term rainfall predictions specific to an individual’s journey or location, which can be planned, viewed, and saved within the app. This is the first project of its kind and will allow people to plan their trips and outdoor activity whilst taking the weather into account.

After being successfully trialled in Peterborough, the app is now being launched nationally, and at the moment is free to download! Every participant who downloads the app for free now will always retain unpaid access to it.

The feedback from testers has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reporting that the app has been incredibly accurate in its predictions. One tester said: “I am bowled over by it, it is so much better than anything else out there for telling what is going on.”

Now the project team is giving users the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! Anyone who downloads the app, uses it and gives feedback on the form that pops-up at the end a journey will be in with a chance of winning! There will be several draws for any new users in February and more in March for those that continue to use it and send feedback forms.

More information on the app can be found at www.pect.org.uk/HyperlocalRainfall. It can also be downloaded for free from Google Play, just search for ‘Hyperlocal Rainfall’ .