Tricks Of The Trade: 12: How To Do The Weather
Sian Lloyd ITV's national weather presenter since 1990. She has also presented 'How 2' (ITV)
Sunday 07 December 1997
Before going on, I make sure I've seen all the graphics that are coming up on the charts. I often draw a rough skeleton of what I'm going to say and try to time myself. The weather is strictly timed and I can hear counting in a little microphone in my ear while presenting. I'm on for two minutes; I'll get a minute's warning, then 30 seconds, then10, and I have to come out at zero when the summary comes up.
In describing the weather I think every presenter has their cliches, though mine have changed regarding certain weather conditions over the years. I used to talk about rain with distaste, but now with drought conditions in this country I am much more enthusiastic about it. In sunny weather I'm much more likely to say "Slap on the sunscreen" than "Get out there and soak up the heat."
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