Presenter speakReal Meaning
Clockwise windsCyclonic
We could see 40 mm of rain There could be as much as 40 mm of rain (hard to see rainfall totals)
A bit more in the way...
A change in wind directionVeer/back
A drier dayLess wet than yesterday
A fair bit of cloud aroundRather cloudy
A fairly decent kind of dayFair
A little bit soggyWet
A lot of clear skies aroundLong clear spells
A lot of cloud aroundCloudy
A mucky rush hourA wet morning
And that's ya' forecastNo, that was your forecast
Arctic bla(r)stNortherly airstream
BatterUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Beast from the eastEasterly
Best of the sunshineSunniest place
Best of the temperaturesBest? really in these days of AGW - are highest temperatures really the best?
Best of the weather
Bits and pieces of rainOccasional rain
Blow that rain away?
Blustery windsFresh or strong winds
BreezyModerate wind
Brighter breaksSunny intervals
ChillCool or Cold
Chilly sideCool or cold
Chilly start
Climate changeClimate crisis
Cloud bubbling upConvection
Cloud buildingTurning cloudy
Cloud melting awayCloud dispersing
Cloud starts to build from the west ahead of the frontSurely convective shower cloud builds but frontal cloud thickens?
Continues it's descent southMoves south
Decent weatherDry and fair
Decent dayDry and fair
Disappointing temperaturesCold or below average
Double digit temperatures>=10°C
Drift its way northMove slowly north
Drift its way northwardMoves slowly north
Drifts southwardsMoves south
Driving rainModerate/heavy rain
East west splitMichael Fish speak
Eastern zoneEastern England and Scotland
Fair amount of sunshine around
Fairly brightSunny intervals
Fast moving ribbon of wind high up in the atmosphereJet stream
Feeling coldCold
Feeling warmWarm
Feels likeWind chill
Flurries of sleet or snowA sleet flurry? You'll be lucky
FlurriesOccasional snow showers
For manyBut not for all
From the word goJohn Kettley speak
Front dies a deathFrontolysis
Global warming skepticGlobal heating denier
Global warmingGlobal heating
Good spells of sunshineSunny spells
Grass frostGround frost
Great mass of cloud
Hefty showerModerate shower
Here are the numbersTemperatures
High pressure in chargeAnticylonic situation
Highs of 21Maximum temperature 21°C
Hills in ScotlandUnlike further south many of the hills are in fact mountains
Hit and miss showersScattered showers
HitUsed to describe any kind of named storm
In any decent spells of sunshinesAs opposed to any indecent spells
In old moneyDegrees Fahrenheit
Increasingly cloudyClouding over
It's all change
Keen windFresh or strong
Keep a close eye on thatSee what the next run of the model looks like?
Largely dryAs opposed to largely wet
LashUsed to describe wind and rain
Light frostSlight frost
Lose the heatTurning cooler
Lose the rainTurning dry
Lots of isobars/ tightly packed isobarsVery strong gradient
Lovely spells of sunshineSunny spells
Low cloud dragged in of the North SeaHaar down the east coast
Low pressure firmly in chargeA cyclonic situation
Low starting to fizzleFilling
Lower end of single figures10 to 13°C
Many placesBut not necessarily where you are
Meteorological AutumnThe one used by climate statisticians because they can only divide by 3
Mist and murkMisty
Most placesNot some places
Not a cold nightMild
Not amounting to very muchMainly dry - Bill Giles speak
Not much in the way of sunshineOvercast
Not particularly warmCold/cool
Not wall to wall sunshineSunny intervals
Nuisance showerScattered light showers
On the cool sideTemperatures below average
Other areasAnywhere apart from the southeast
Our weather front continues its journey sinking southwardsFront moves south
Outbreaks of rainOccasional rain
Part two of the weekendSunday
Patchy cloudVariable cloud
Patchy fogFog patches
Patchy rainOccasional rain
Pick up a brisk windWinds will strengthen
Pinch of frostTouch of frost
Pretty chillyCold
Pretty breezyModerate or fresh
PulsesOf rain
PummelUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Punchy showersHeavy showers
Pushes its way eastwardMoves east
Rain fizzlingRain dying out
Say goodbye to that weather frontGoodbye weather front
Sharp frostModerate or severe frost who knows
Sharp showerModerate perhaps heavy shower
Showers breaking out
Showers fadingShowers dying out
Showers start to fade
Single figure temperaturesLess than 10°C
Sinking southMoving south
SlamUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Sleety showersShowers of rain and snow
SmashUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Snow on the hillsWhy not "snow above 300 metres" which would at least be a little more informative
Some placesNot most places
Spits and spotsOccasional rain
Splashes of rainOccasional rain
Splashes of rainOccasional rain
SprinklesLight showers
StormyStrong to gale force winds
Stubborn cloudRemaining overcast
Sunshine becoming hazyTurning cloudy
Temperatures in low single figuresIs that 1 or 2°C or could it be -8 or -9°C?
Temperatures no great shakesCold
Temperatures pretty disappointing for the time of yearCold
Temperatures reaching the mid teens16°C
Temperatures remaining in double figures10°C or higher
Temperatures responding accordinglyDiurnal warming
Temperatures (really) strugglingCold
The bulk of the countryEverywhere except Scotland
The feel of thingsHow warm it is
The first part of the weekendSaturday
The lion's share of the sunshine
The wet weather will continues to work it's way northwardRain will move north
The white stuffSnow
Top temperaturesHighest temperatures
Turning increasingly blusteryWinds will strengthen
Turning to snow over the hillsUsually it's not turning to snow, it's already falling as snow, and has been all along
Usable rainLight rain
We could see 25°CTemperatures could be as high as 25°C (it's hard to see temperature)
We'll lose the showersShowers petering out
We're looking at...Carol Kirkwood speak used frequently in all her forecasts
Weather bombExplosive cyclogenesis
Winds all over the placeVariable winds
Winds going anti-clockwiseAnticyclonic
Winds switch directionVeer or back
WindyFresh to strong winds
WinterinessHail, sleet or snow?
Wint(e)ry mixWhen weathercaster don't know if it's going to rain, sleet or snow
North south splitThe weather in the north will be markedly different from in the south
Cool frontTomasz Schafernaker's name for a cold front
Feeling cooler due to the windNo the temperature will be exactly the same
Gustywinds moderate occasionally fresh or strong
For some...Everywhere bar the north of Scotland
The second part of the weekendSunday
Brisk windsA fresh breeze (Beaufort force 5)
CoolTemperatures below average or rather cold
Double figuresTemperatures 10°C or higher
We're changing the wind directionLike Gods the winds are set to back or to veer
NortherenNorth in Carol Kirkwood speak
SoutherenSouth in Carol Kirkwood speak
North south splitMichael Fish speak
PeakMaximum temperature
EaseShowers dying out
Lots of cloud aroundCloudy
Lots of sunshine aroundSunny spells
StruckUsually used to describe any kind of storm
Not feeling very warmCold (weathercasters aversion to using this term never fails to amaze me)
Spilling south/north/east/westMoving southward
Making its wayMoving
Temperatures a little subdued for the time of yearRather cold
Workable weatherA Learism but what it means I haven't a clue
Useable weatherA Learism but what it means I haven't a clue
A bit blowyGale or severe gales with gusts of 70 knots (Scotland only)
Weak sunny spellsFor use in places close to the Arctic circle perhaps
Pockets of frostPerhaps an improvement on a patchy equivalent
Summit snowDifferent but a snow level would be preferable
Patchy frostUgh
Sinks its way downMove south
For the majorityThe southeast of England
Squeeze a few showers
Sliding its way
Hard frostModerate or severe frost who knows!
We switch wind directionsThe wind either veers or backs - but because they think the viewer won't understand thos terms they stick with switch
Wint(e)ry showersWhen weathercaster don't know if it's going to rain, sleet or snow
Messy chart/situationWhen the weathercaster has a more complicated forecast than usual to present

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