(Credit: Dark Sky)

Dark Sky has long been one of the most popular weather apps in both the App Store and the Google Play Store, helping and teasing its users for years with fun, hour-to-hour weather updates or notifications. Today, it finally rolled out a dark mode for the app after overhauling much of it about six months ago.

"Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you'll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you're standing. It's almost like magic," the company says say on it website.

"Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next day and week."

To set up the app's dark mode, head into Settings and choose the Appearance tab (download for Android and iOS). From there, you have a variety of options, including settings that let you keep dark mode permanently or others that change the look of the app depending on the time of day.

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Today's dark mode update is accompanied by a number of other smaller bug fixes but comes on the heels of a much larger update last year.

In August, Dark Sky said they were redoing much of the app's external and internal look, combining things like weather condition, hourly forecasts and more into one scrollable screen.

"This update is one of the biggest overhauls in Dark Sky's six year history. It represents over a year of effort, incorporating countless suggestions from our users as well as the experience we've gained building our weather service from the ground up these past years," they wrote in a blog post at the time.

"The most noticeable change is the introduction of a new unified timeline. Rather than separating the forecast onto multiple pages, we now combine the current conditions, next hour rain forecast, next 24 hours, and next week forecasts into a single scrollable view that lets you quickly get to the part of the forecast you care about."

You can also save multiple locations in the app, allowing you to look through both the past and future weather patterns of dozens of cities across the U.S., U.K, and Ireland. For iOS versions they essentially rebuilt the app from scratch, making it a much smoother and controlled experience. You now have more power over the notifications you receive from the app, allowing you to set how many or how often you get push notices about weather changes.

The app costs $3.99 for iOS users and is free for Android devices. It is currently the number 1 weather app in the App Store and routinely makes it into the Top 50 lists each year.

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  1. The Dark Sky weather app now has a dark mode that users can set.
  2. The app gives users a number of different options in terms of using the dark mode, allowing for permanent use or a Daylight mode that changes the look of the app based on the time of day.

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Jonathan is a Contributing Writer for CNET's He's a freelance journalist based in New York City. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.