Building a React Native App- Weather App

Building a React Native app- weather app

React Native framework has been developed to support cross-platform app development. From this tutorial blog, you will learn how to make a weather forecasting app that every react native development company adopts.

Most importantly, I will provide the entire code snippet at the end of this blog tutorial. So stay tuned.

Before starting this tutorial, I suggest you learn about the React Native app development tool: Expo CLI. Here, I have used the Expo CLI tool to build the app.

You can check this article on ‘What should be chosen in react native Cli or Expo Cli?’ to get a fair understanding of both the tools namely React Native CLI and Expo CLI.

If you are already aware of these tools and their usage, you can skip this part and move ahead.

Now we will discuss the criteria you need to have a strong hold on.

Pre-conditions to be achieved

Getting started with the app-building process

Here, you will learn about making changes in the app screen, adding icons, changing default texts, and others.

Creating a basic app

You have to start with a small ‘Hello world’ app. For this, run the command npx create-expo-app weather-app on a new terminal. This will let you build a react native expo app named ‘weather-app’.

This is the base app, where you have to add components, elements, images, icons, texts, and other objects. Search for the app on the search bar of your system and then open the VS code editor from the app folder.

Designing the first loading screen

Now you have to make changes in the ./app.js folder. Go to the ./app.js folder and find the text element stating “Open up App.js to start working on your app!”. Change this into a different sentence.

Since this is a weather forecasting app, I have added a sentence “Welcome to the Weather forecasting app”. The change in output will be similar to as given in image 1.

You can also change the splash screen and add different images to the first loading screen by adding square-sized images to the project’s ./asset folder.

Designing  the first loading screen
Image 1

Utility of the React Native hook- isLoading state

As the project requires the data fetching process. You have to use the isLoading state. It can be given two values either true or false.

If you set the isLoading state as true, it will imply that the data isLoading and will take time to display on the screen.

On the other hand, if you set it as false, it will imply that the data has been called and is not loading.

Let’s see how you can use the isLoading state in your codebase and what can be the output.

Consider the following code syntax

state = {
    isLoading: false

  render() {
    const { isLoading } = this.state;
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>
        {isLoading ? null : (
            <Text>Welcome to the Weather forecasting app.</Text>

Here, what the syntax specifies isLoading state is false and it will render the text “Welcome to the Weather forecasting app” on the screen. It implies the data which is called is not in the loading state.

Now let’s see what happens if it is true. Consider the below-give code syntax

state = {
    isLoading: true

  render() {
    const { isLoading } = this.state;
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>
        {isLoading ? (
          <Text>Please wait, while it is collecting the weather-based data.</Text>

Here, the state of the isLoading hook is true. I have designed the code in a manner that the app screen will show the text “Please wait, while it is collecting the weather-based data.” when the isLoading is true. I have integrated the <Text> component under the <View> component.

You can again change it to false when it is done loading. As you can get the concept of using the isLoading state for calling the weather-based data and showing it on the app screen when the isLoading the state is false.

Adding the component folder and weather.js file

In this step, I will explain the process of adding icons, texts, and the temperature on the live weather app screen.

  • Make a Component folder and further create a ./weather.js file in the ./Component folder.
  • Here you will need to add two containers namely titleContainer and bodyContainer, which will hold the heading element and the element in the rest part of the screen respectively. You have to include both of these containers under the main Weather container.
  • You also have to install the @expo/vector-icons third-party package in your react native package. This will let you add different icons related to the temperature.
  • Let’s see a code snippet of how you can use these packages and the container.
import React from "react";
import {View, Text, StyleSheet} from "react-native";
import { Feather } from "@expo/vector-icons";

const Weather = () => {
  return (
    <View style={styles.weatherContainer}>
      <View style={styles.titleContainer}>
        <Feather name="cloud-snow" size={58} color="#00ffff" />
        <Text style={styles.tempText}>Live temperature </Text>
      <View style={styles.bodyContainer}>
        <Text style={styles.title}>So Chilled outside!!</Text>
        <Text style={styles.subtitle}>My hands are getting cold.</Text>

Firstly, I imported the Feather icon from the @expo/vector-icons. Later in the codebase, you can see I used the icon with a font size of 58 and colored with #00ffff.

You need to include it under the titleContainer to display it in the header. I have also added another text element “Live temperature” in the header, defined under the titleContainer.

For the bodyContainer, I have added two text elements a title and a subtitle. Refer to image 2 for the output.

Building a React Native App- Weather App
image 2

API calling for the live temperature

Here, you will need a specific API key to fetch the live data of weather. Even though building an API is a backend task, I will show you an easy process to get the key.

Go to the site and open the API section to access the default key.

Refer to the below-given code syntax where I have used the API key to get the live update on the weather.

Complete code syntax

import React, { useState, useEffect } from "react";
import { Platform, Text, View, StyleSheet } from "react-native";
import * as Location from "expo-location";
const API_KEY = "5bd2e0405c5b05e7f1dcda04a58619b5";
export default function App() {
  const [location, setLocation] = useState(null);
  const [weatherData, setWeatherData] = useState(null);
  const [loaded, setLoaded] = useState(true);
  useEffect(() => {
    const DataLocation = async () => {
      let { status } = await Location.requestForegroundPermissionsAsync();
      if (status !== "granted") {
        setErrorMsg("Permission to access location was denied");
      let location = await Location.getCurrentPositionAsync({});
      console.log(location, "tanusree");
  }, []);
  async function fectWeatherData(location) {
    let lat = location.coords.latitude;
    let long = location.coords.longitude;
    console.log(lat, long);
    const API = `${lat}&lon=${long}&appid=${API_KEY}&units=metric`;
    try {
      const response = await fetch(API);
      if (response.status == 200) {
        const data = await response.json();
        console.log(data, "12");
      } else {
    } catch (error) {
  useEffect(() => {
    console.log(weatherData, "345");
  }, [location]);
  return (
    <View style={styles.weatherContainer}>
      <View style={styles.headerContainer}>
        <Text style={styles.tempText}>
          {weatherData && weatherData.main.temp}˚
          flex: 1,
          justifyContent: "flex-end",
          marginLeft: 30,
          marginBottom: 40,
        <Text style={{ fontSize: 40, color: "#FFFFFF" }}>
          {weatherData &&[0].main}
        <Text style={{ fontSize: 20, color: "#FFFFFF" }}>
          {weatherData &&[0].description}
const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  weatherContainer: {
    flex: 1,
    backgroundColor: "orange",
  headerContainer: {
    flexDirection: "row",
    marginTop: 100,
    justifyContent: "space-around",
  tempText: {
    fontSize: 72,
    color: "#FFFFFF",

You need to add the entire code snippet in the ./app.js folder of the app’s root directory. Refer to image 3 for the output.

Building a React Native App- Weather App
image 3

Final thoughts

If you are unable to start the emulator, you can run the command npm start. It will allow you to start the bundling process on the emulator.

In case the issue persists, you have to make changes in the emulator in the Android studio. So let’s start coding now.