A Cloudy Language

An occasional series celebrating the verbal inventiveness of our nation’s weather forecasters.

“A tongue of high pressure extending from the Azores puts a lid on the rain this week.” Peter Gibb

“This finger of wet weather will pulse up across parts of south-west England.” John Hammond

“I almost feel the urge to warn you that I'm going to warn you that we've got so.me rain coming.” Phil Avery

“More in the way of wet weather across parts of Scotland – almost like a bit of a two-legged octopus of sorts.” Dan Corbett

“And then, like a little wiggle of a blue sausage of sorts, the next little wiggle is here, this is the next lump of moisture working in.” Dan Corbett

“This first week of the four will produce rain a-plenty, some thunder, Met Office warnings and limited area hotness.” Rob McElwee

“From Tuesday to Thursday, a flabby low pressure area will allow warm sunshine between slow-moving heavy showers.” Rob McElwee

“The thought of increasing cloud and rain is there with you in Wales.” Rob McElwee

“Then, to end the week, pressure starts to build, the northerly is cut off and the sun can be bolder.” Rob McElwee

“Settled, sunny and increasingly warm weather inhabits the south of the UK.” Rob McElwee

“We are still in the story of rain for the time being.” Rob McElwee

“That tongue of cloud is a forecast – it may be a little more dispersed than that.” Rob McElwee 

“A cloud envelope coming up through Cornwall late in the day...” Rob McElwee

“Someone seems to have pressed the button marked 'Rain'. At night.” Rob McElwee

“This coming month will prove the point as we bring back very cold air and then sit in it.” Rob McElwee

“Monday and Tuesday sees the decay of this cloud and its showers.” Rob McElwee

“This week is not characterised by excessive sunshine.” Rob McElwee

“A cold southeast breeze with much cloud will be our fate.” Rob McElwee

“With low confidence, the signal from the virtual atmosphere suggests that central Europe will now be under the centre of the cold anticyclone.” Rob McElwee

“Temperatures remain below average but snow will probably be more of a hill or temporary event.” Rob McElwee

“Do not dismiss February as a potentially cold month.” Rob McElwee

“Thank you for joining me. Welcome along to our latest thoughts on the UK weather scene.” Phil Avery

“Let's see how we roll out our stall for the first part of Thursday.” Phil Avery

“For the time being, we look in that cupboard, grab that warm parka and maybe sort of say later in the week, ah yes, glad I grabbed that.” Dan Corbett

“Outbreaks of light and patchy rain starting to fringe in...” Liam Dutton

“Here some of that rain could be fringing along the coasts...” Simon King

“There seems to be a reluctance on the part of the atmosphere to move with any speed.” Rob McElwee

“It's a jagged translation and rain is still in the story.” Rob McElwee

“The first few nights this week could grow fog.” Rob McElwee

“Bagloads of showers affecting the whole of the United Kingdom...” Chris Fawkes

“The rain moving south, that cloud shield up ahead of it.” Nick Miller

“This finger of rain lingering across much of northern England.” Alex Deakin (Internal Rhyme Award) 

“We can't rule out the odd heavier pulse and that may well intensify through the night, as it tends to sit in a ribbon-like effect in that south-eastern corner.” Louise Lear

“Cloudy and patchy rain starting to fringe into south-eastern parts of England.” Liam Dutton

“Notice this little piece of energy sort of bends the weatherfront and winds in some fairly hefty downpours.” Dan Corbett

“18 is the number standing at the bus-stop in Norwich.” Dan Corbett

“Kent sticking out into the sunshine.” Peter Cockroft

“Some pretty steamy showers on the way, which will give way to quite a muddy shite at Glastonbury.” Tomasz Schafernaker

“High pressure is very firmly ruling the weather roost at the moment.” Susan Powell

“It will be temperatures actually that are our major fluctuating factor.” Susan Powell

“Some bits of energy will help to set off a few showers...” Dan Corbett

“If you are sort of stepping out for that Friday afternoon picnic you should be in pretty good shape.” Dan Corbett

“Then this next clump of something here, this next little sort of surge of some energy in the area of some patchy rain.” Dan Corbett

“A wet sphere behind me and for good reason...” Philip Avery

“You’ll see that not everybody’s picking up on this showery theme .” Philip Avery

“For Northern Ireland, one or two showers to start the day: not the showeriest regime by any means at all.” Philip Avery

“A little surge of energy working in, helping to ignite some of that wet weather.” Lara Lewington

“And you’ll notice that southerly wind, whether you’re blowing bubbles or not.” Heather Stott

“The outlook is really rather quiet, with soft days on Wednesday and Thursday – lots of cloud around.” Jo Blythe

“Notice how it fizzles out, the rain. The main energy goes well through.” Dan Corbett

“That ridge of high pressure – it’s almost like you’ve put some glue on the back of it. You stick it to the weather map and just watch it for a couple of days.” Dan Corbett

“It’s breezy and the sky responds to that by breaking the cloud up and letting the sun through.” Rob McElwee

“I say rain proper because behind my head is lime green and yellow.” Rob McElwee

“Windy and wet, or wet and windy: it works either way.” Rob McElwee

“Otherwise, it’s just a scattering of showers and big holes in the sky.” Rob McElwee

“...and here’s the line of familiarity that brings rain to Northern Ireland.” Rob McElwee

“And here he is: that wiggly weatherfront I warned you about.” Dan Corbett

“...a band of cloud enhancing the rain.” Alex Deakin

“Wherever you spend the night, you won’t be needing the 13.5-tog duvet.” Philip Avery

“The heat has been building for the last few days: and boom did go the atmosphere.” Dan Corbett

“August has so far failed to deliver anything like a meaningful summer.” Philip Avery

“Tomorrow we’ll be speaking mainly a cloudy language.” Sian Lloyd