Philip Avery

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Philip Avery (born 15 November 1959) is a British meteorologist and BBC Weather forecaster.


After his initial training with the Royal Navy, Avery spent time at a naval air station before joining a helicopter squadron embarked in HMS Ark Royal.[1] Over the following two years he forecasting across the world, after which he joined a Search and Rescue squadron, based at Prestwick in Scotland. Within four years, he completed his time in the Navy and achieved an MBA.[1]

He helped to launch The Weather Network, a 24-hour cable-channel based in Birmingham, before moving to London to work with the Weather Channel. After a year he joined the BBC Weather Centre, in April 1998, becoming a household name appearing regularly on BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Red Button, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4, where he was a regular forecaster on the Today programme. He previously forecast on the BBC News at Ten, the BBC News at Six and the BBC News at One.[1]

He took time out from presenting between September 2004 and July 2005 to take part in the Global Challenge 2004-2005 yacht race.[2]

In October 2010 it was announced that Avery would no longer be presenting BBC weather forecasts.[3] Despite this, he returned to broadcasting on the BBC a few years later. Avery has since presented weather for BBC's Gardeners' World[4] and is now a regular presenter on BBC one.[2][5]

Personal life[edit]

Although from a West Country family, Avery was born in Dunfermline, Scotland when his father was posted to Scotland with the Royal Navy.[6]

Avery married fellow BBC weather presenter Helen Willetts in October 2006 and became a father in January 2007.[7] Their second child was born in December 2008.[8] In summer 2016 the family moved to south west Scotland.[9]


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  2. ^ a b "Philip Avery". Retrieved 2 December 2017 – via 
  3. ^ View, Telegraph (13 October 2010). "Changeable outlook for BBC weather". Retrieved 22 September 2017 – via 
  4. ^ "Episode 26, 2017, Gardeners' World - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Philip Avery: Broadcast meteorologist at Met Office". 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
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  8. ^ Khan, Urmee (2008-10-07). "Heavily pregnant BBC weather presenter Helen Willetts soldiers on". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  9. ^ [4]

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