Use Spotlight to Check the Weather

Weather forecasts are easy to come by with your Mac. There are no shortage of apps, of course, that you can download from Apple’s App Store to keep you abreast of changing weather conditions, and the internet itself is overflowing with weather forecasting websites to keep you in the know.

Spotlight, Apple’s built-in program that can instantly search your computer for files, images, apps and more, now also does weather.

How to use Spotlight to access the weather from your current location

If you’re running OS X El Capitan, Spotlight can give you up-to-the-second details about the weather conditions at your current location, plus an extended forecast. Here’s how to do it.

Step one: Bring up the Spotlight window

Spotlight search window

You can fire up Spotlight by holding down the Command key on your keyboard while you press the spacebar. Doing so will bring up the above search bar into which you can input anything you like.

Step two: Type forecast into the search bar

forecast in Spotlight

Type the word forecast into the the search bar and your Mac will automatically determine your exact location and display the forecast for your area.


How to use Spotlight to check weather in other locations

Spotlight not only displays weather near you, but also weather conditions, patterns and forecasts anywhere else in the world. This is super handy if you’re doing some traveling in the future and need to know what’s happening far from home.

To do this:

Step one: Open Spotlight

Same as above, hit the Command key and while holding it down press the spacebar until the Spotlight window appears.

Step two: Input your data

You have lots of choices here, so type in what you need to know. If you’re flying to New York City tomorrow, for example, you might want to input weather forecast for New York City.

weather in NYC


Spotlight can access weather details for any location in the world. Spotlight also now uses natural language, so you don’t have to type a specific set of words to learn about the weather. Typing something like show me the weather will give you the same results as entering in weather forecast.

To close the Spotlight window, just hit the space bar and the Command key again.

Posted by Jodi Jae on May 11, 2016

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