As BBC celebrate’s 60 years of forecasts, we asked why is Britain so obsessed with the weather?

Programme Name: BBC Weather - TX: 11/01/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication un

Programme Name: BBC Weather - TX: 11/01/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: 10/01/2014 - Picture Shows: George Cowling, 1954, the first weatherman to present a weather forecast on British television - (C) BBC - Photographer: BBC - Credit: BBC

Love it or hate it, Britain is obsessed with the weather. We love to moan about it, love to rave about it and always want what we can't have.

Weather girl Becky Mantin pictured at Whitlingham.Photo:Antony KellyCopy:Nancy WedgeFor: EDP NORFOLK

Weather girl Becky Mantin pictured at Whitlingham.Photo:Antony KellyCopy:Nancy WedgeFor: EDP NORFOLK MAGEDP pics © 2007(01603) 772434 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2007

If it's too hot we wish it was colder and if there's a chill in the air we dream of a summer when the sun shines from dawn until dusk.

It affects the decision to hang out washing, de-ice the car or put on a coat.

And the question of whether to walk or drive stumps many commuters who don't want to be caught out in a shower after a long day at work.

Beach revellers in the British summer will often pack swimming costumes as well as jumpers and umbrellas to safe-guard against the ever-changing weather.


You may also want to watch:


Youngsters grow up knowing that a 'red sky' in the morning is a 'shepherds' warning', and a 'red sky' at night is a 'shepherds' delight', or phrases such as 'when the wind is out of the East, tis never good for man nor beast'.

And what better conversation starter than 'cold out today', or, 'lovely day for a walk'?

Most Read

The BBC tapped into this when they changed the existing drab and monotone weather announcements into a broadcast presentation with real meteorologist in 1954.

Colour forecasts quickly followed and weather men and women became house-hold names.

Becky Mantin is a weather forecaster for ITV in London. She grew up in Norwich, and started her career at ITV Anglia.

She said: 'We have a national obsession with the weather - for a good reason.

'It's such a fundamental part of what we're doing each day - we really celebrate it.

'On the first sunny day of the summer everyone is smiling.'

Ms Mantin said her most memorable moment was in an outside broadcast at Norwich's Mousehold Heath, when the wind was so strong she had to be tied to a bench while in front of the camera.

BBC Weatherman from the 80s Jim Bacon, managing director of Weatherquest, the weather is unlike any other news - it affects everybody that reads and watches it.

He said: 'Going home in London you would know how many people had listened to the weather forecast by what they were wearing.

'But rural communities like parts of East Anglia, people are tremendously suspectable to variations.'

And with Steve Western, forecaster at Weatherquest, predicting a fine day tomorrow, Britain's obsession with sunshine and rain shows no sign of letting up.

Mr Western said; 'It will be a lovely day.

'There will be a bit of early rain to clear away across Norwich and Great Yarmouth and then almost unbroken sunshine - a dry and sunny day.'

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus