BBC weather presenter Alex Deakin's tips on presenting

Alex Deakin
Image caption A good opening line with a big smile makes for a great forecast

To be a weather presenter you obviously need to know the forecast, but you also need to know who your audience is.

Think about who is watching, why they want to know the weather and when they are likely to be outside (eg travelling to work or school, at the weekend, going to a special event).

Also make it interesting; try to have a good opening line with a big smile so people want to watch and listen to you, and think about how you will finish before you get there.

Here are some useful phrases and terms used by weather presenters:

Cold front (blue triangles) - Brings cloud and rain and then makes it colder.

Warm front (red semi-circles) - Brings cloud and rain and warms thing up.

HIGH pressure - Dry weather, can often be sunny too, can also bring cold nights.

LOW pressure - Wet and windy weather, can be really stormy.

Rain - Light and drizzly or heavy enough to make puddles. A downpour can be torrential and cause flooding.

Thunderstorms - Not just heavy rain but strong gusty winds too, plus you get the bang of thunder and flash of lightning, very dramatic!

Clouds - Thick clouds stop the sun coming through, making it dull. Fewer clouds mean more sunshine. Do you need sunglasses or sunscreen?

Warmer or Colder than yesterday - How does it feel outside - do I need a jacket or is it t-shirt/water-fight weather?

Winds - Are they strong or light? Which direction are they from? Northerly winds bring cold air, southerly winds bring mild air.

Sunshine - Most people love a sunny day, but don't forget the sun can be harmful!

Maximum temperatures - What will the top afternoon temperature be - is it higher or lower than average. Is it unusually high or low?

Minimum temperatures - How cold will it be overnight, will there be a frost (0C or lower) - important for gardeners in Spring.

Showers - A short burst of rain that can last two minutes to 60 minutes. It is difficult to say exactly where they will be, so some places may stay dry.

Rush hour - When a lot of people are outside and travelling, will the weather cause any problems? It's harder to drive in fog and heavy rain.

Travel disruption - Will the weather cause any problems? Flooding, ice, snow, very strong winds can all cause issues for cars, trains, aeroplanes etc.