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Cult | News | 06 October 2004

That was the weather

Michael Fish makes his last weather forecast.

The UK's longest-serving weather forecaster tells us whether it's going to be sunshine or showers for the last time today, after a career spanning 32 years.

In an interview with BBC News Online, Fish looks back at his career, and downplays the importance of his job, "Weather forecasters are not personalities, we are just stuffy civil servants who analyse the weather between broadcasts."

He also provides an insight into why he thinks he was instantly popular. "When I started presenting I was not in the same mould as my predecessors. They would come in dull, staid suits and I would wear colourful jackets and jumpers.

"I was a lot younger than them and maybe that is why I stood out. Also, I'm on the television so often I have just become a familiar face."

Fish is best remembered for his forecast given prior the great storm that battered the UK in October 1987. "Earlier on today apparently a lady rang the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way," he said. "Well don't worry if you're watching, there isn't."

Fish insists that he wasn't referring to the UK at the time "My remarks referred to Florida and were a link to a news story about devastation in the Caribbean that had just been broadcast."

Fish would probably prefer to remembered for the times he got it right, or possibly for being name-checked in the song John Kettley is a Weatherman by The Tribe of Toffs.

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