Google Maps Android now includes weather information and an air quality overlay to help you plan your trips and avoid pollution.
In Google Maps at the top left of the screen below the search bar and location filters, a small box has been added that provides the local weather forecast, temperature and daily air quality index. The box can be expanded to give more detailed weather information and hourly temperature forecasts for the next 12 hours. This information will also be updated if you change your location, allowing you to check the local weather in other areas, helping you plan a trip or just checking the weather in other parts of the world.
Below this is an air quality rating which can be expanded to show an overlay of colors on the map ranging from green to yellow, orange, red and purple as well as a numerical rating from 1 to 10 to indicate air quality.
according to 9to5GoogleWeather information has been added to Android app version 11.113.XX which requires Android 6 and above. However, iOS users will be familiar with the weather information built into Google Maps, as this feature has been a staple of the iOS version for years.
In practices this works fairly well. For example, according to today’s air quality data shown in Google Maps, most areas of the UK appear as green or 2 on the scale, indicating low air pollution. However, once you zoom out to Europe and beyond, you start to see higher ratings indicating a high level of air pollution. Milan and Venice seem to show some of the highest levels of yellow (4), red (8), and even the highest level of purple (10), so you may want to stay away from these areas especially if you have any breathing problems.
Once you have access to the air quality overview, you can expandAbout air quality informationYou’ll be taken to a Google Maps help page that explains air quality metrics and how to calculate them, as well as information about the most common types of pollutants, where they come from, and more information.
The air quality map is not global, but currently includes most of Europe. North America, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Cyprus and Israel.
Although this information is available from other sources if you search for it, the added convenience of adding it to Maps is even more convenient and can help you plan your trips a little better going forward.