Regional slang terms for weather like “chucking it down” and “raining cats and dogs” could soon be used in TV forecasts.
The Met Office is planning to introduce slang to its reports to increase public understanding.
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Research conducted by the forecaster has found that in the Black Country, “bucketing” is a popular way of describing rain while in Birmingham and Bristol people say “tipping it down”. The study also found that Londoners prefer to say “caning it”, which is news to us.
“Pouring” was the most popular term nationally.
Now the Met Office is appealing to people around the UK to suggest words used in their area with a #3wordweather hashtag on Twitter.
The @MetOffice wants you to describe the weather in your area using popular local slang terms.@SimonOKing tried to cram in as many as he could during his weather summary! ????⛅️ #3wordweather #5liveBreakfast pic.twitter.com/X9fCXVdlca
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) February 1, 2018
Here are some of our favourite suggestions so far…
One of my favourites at the start… “cold enough to snap dogs off lamp posts”. ????????.
— Simon King (@SimonOKing) February 1, 2018
Yi big man its raining bare outside fam
— Cameron (@ElipticArts) February 1, 2018
Blowing a hoolie . Stornoway #3wordweather
— Penny Wale (@nenwale) February 1, 2018
Could do better.
— Paul Firmin (@tatisdancing) February 1, 2018
But nothing can beat Big Narstie’s weather report on Good Morning Britain: “Man better know it’s cold outside!”