Pokemon Go
'Pokémon Go' is facing problems with its dynamic weather update. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Developer Niantic has updated “Pokémon Go” and has added its new dynamic weather system that allows the game to adapt to real life weather conditions. Unfortunately, the new feature is inaccurately warning players of extreme weather conditions even though the weather in the real world is just fine.

A lot of “Pokémon Go” players experienced the problem and shared images of it on Twitter and Reddit. The photos that the users shared show the screenshot of the game’s “Extreme” weather warning alongside the photo of the weather outside. The images show that the game is inaccurately identifying real life weather conditions and sending out dire warnings that are completely unnecessary.

“Pokémon seem to dislike these conditions. Weather conditions are potentially dangerous—be aware of your surroundings! Check your local weather service for details,” the warning read.

This may simply be an amusing bug in “Pokémon Go” for some, but it introduces a problem. When this weather warning pops up, it prevents weather-specific Pokémon spawns from appearing. It also prevents Pokémon from getting their power boosts that depend on the weather, according to Kotaku.

The inaccurate weather warnings are said to be prevalent during the weekend due to the snowy weather in the Midwest and Northeast, while Southern California continued to suffer wildfires. It’s been speculated that the “Pokémon Go” extreme weather warnings may have been prompted due to alerts given out by weather agencies instead of actual real-time weather conditions.

In northern regions where snowfall is the norm, like Toronto, Canada, some players suggest that Niantic should recalibrate their new dynamic weather system since they will be experiencing extreme weather all throughout winter, as pointed out by Polygon. If Niantic isn’t able to fix this issue, it could stop affected players from capturing weather-specific Pokémon.

When Niantic first announced the new dynamic weather system for “Pokémon Go,” the developer showed that the in-game map would adapt to real-life weather conditions. Additionally, the game would also be able to spawn specific Pokémon based on the weather.

“In addition to the in-game map being updated with cool new weather visuals, weather near you will impact Pokémon in a variety of ways. For example, you’ll find your odds of discovering Mudkip splashing around will greatly improve on rainy days, as certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions,” Niantic said at the time.

The new dynamic weather system also affects how Pokémon are able to battle. For example, a Charizard’s fire spin will perform better on sunny days. Niantic said that the higher CP (Combat Power) will only be available as a head start and doesn’t really increase the maximum CP.

As of this writing, Niantic hasn’t addressed the problem with the inaccurate “Pokémon Go” extreme weather warning. It’s likely the developer will be able to fix this issue by rolling out an update. For now, players who are experiencing this problem will just have to wait it out and hope that this issue is resolved soon.