Recommended Windows Phone Apps To Help You Get Through The Rainy Season

It's rainy season yet again in the Philippines. And for those who are living in Metro Manila - like me - this can only mean flooding in a lot of areas and heavier traffic along our main thoroughfares. I know. Hassle, right?

Some of us can opt to lock themselves up in their houses for days on end when they hear news about an impending typhoon or torrential monsoon rains. But for many, that's simply not an option. A lot of us have to go out for work, school, and other activities even when the skies are grey and it's pouring.

In line with this, let me share with you some Windows Phone applications which I use on my Nokia Lumia smartphones that I find truly useful in trying to get through all the hassles that the rainy days in Pinas may bring.

Windows Phone Apps for Rainy Season
The Windows Phone Store is packed with such applications - and a whole lot more including games and tools - ready for download. According to Microsoft, as of April 2014, the WPStore already has more than 400,000 apps that users can install on their devices.

Windows Phone Apps for Rainy Season

MMDA - For the Manileños, heavy rain is synonymous to heavy traffic. Steer clear of traffic jams by planning your route wisely with the MMDA app. The app gives you accurate and on-the-dot traffic situation of Manila’s most traveled roads, including EDSA, C5, SLEX, Roxas Blvd, Ortigas, Commonwealth, Marcos Highway, Katipunan, España, and Quezon Ave. The app also provides information on traffic rules and a comprehensive directory of important emergency contacts such as accredited towing companies to call for roadside assistance.

Windows Phone Apps for Rainy Season

Waze - As for those roads that are not covered by the MMDA, there is always Waze. Waze is a reliable, community based mapping, traffic and navigation app that helps drivers outsmart traffic, save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all. By simply driving around with Waze open, you're already contributing tons of real-time traffic and road info to your local driving community. Users can also actively report accidents, hazards (including floods), police and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts on your route too. Waze is all about contributing to and benefiting from the 'common good' on the road.

Windows Phone Apps for Rainy Season

Philippine Hotlines - The rainy season may sometimes cause a series of inconveniences. Stay prepared for what may come your way by bringing along important telephone numbers where ever you go. Philippine Hotlines contains numbers for important Philippine Government Agencies such as PAGASA, PNP, MMDA, among others. Since the app is meant to be used offline, you don’t need to connect to the Internet to search for phone number because numbers have already been stored on your phone.

Windows Phone Apps for Rainy Season

The Weather Channel - Should I push through with my plans today? Will it rain? In the Philippines, there is no room for second guessing when it comes to the weather. Let The Weather Channel help you out by providing you with the most accurate forecasts for the day and the rest of the week. The Weather Channel brings together over 200 meteorologists and the best forecasting technology, to provide you with the truest weather forecast available.

TP Friends, I'd recommend that you download them on your handset right now as I think they're all absolute must-haves. My favorite, though, is Waze since it's packed with real time traffic information and it's like a social network for all drivers who are on the road. Thumbs up!

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