Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
(m. 2008–present; 2 children)
While at high school McCabe was an early member of the Palace Youth Theatre which was a joint venture between Kilmarnock and Loudoun District Council and Borderline Theatre Company. During this time she played roles in many stage productions including Alice in Alice in Wonderland and performed as a solo singer on many occasions, notably performing John Lennon's "Imagine" in the 1993 production of Summertime Blues.
McCabe studied Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a first class honours degree before going on to spend three months as an intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, where she used satellite magnetic data to interpret the underlying crustal structure of parts of Australasia. Further study at the University of Oxford saw her involved in a project to look for evidence of climate change in old volcanic soils on the Greek island of Santorini (Thera). While at Oxford she was elected President of the Jesus College Graduate Common Room. During her time at Oxford she was offered a three-month internship at New Scientist magazine where she went on to work as a sub-editor for four years.
McCabe joined the BBC Weather team in September 2003 and started her training on new media forecasts working on the BBC Digital's interactive service and online. She completed the first part of her forecaster training at the Met Office College in 2004 and her advanced forecaster exams in 2005. She then presented forecasts across a number of BBC outlets, including BBC News, Radio 4, BBC World News and BBC One. McCabe was a main weather presenter for BBC News at Ten and occasionally presented the weather on the News at One.
In January 2006, she briefly gained some measure of notoriety in Scotland following a forecast where she told Rangers fans heading to their game to "wrap up warm if they are heading for Castle Grayskull". (Castle Grayskull is often used as a derogatory term for Ibrox Stadium by Celtic supporters).
In January 2009, she replaced Andrea McLean as GMTV's weather forecaster. In September 2010, McCabe joined GMTV replacement programme Daybreak on ITV Breakfast as a weather presenter and environment correspondent alongside Lucy Verasamy. On 7 February 2012 it was announced McCabe had left Daybreak.
- "Kirsty McCabe". BBC Weather Centre. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
- Watch out for sunshine and showers with a big storm over Ibrox Sunday Mail, 22 January 2006
- Spratt, Charlotte (20 November 2008). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". The Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
- Daybreak Press Pack ITV.com, 31 August 2010
- Weather farewell to Kirsty McCabe The Sun, 7 February 2012
- Weather girl Kirsty McCabe defies the elements to walk for charity in her bra Maria Croce, Daily Record, 9 June 2012
- Fulton, Rick (9 January 2009). "Parents thought I was pregnant when I said I had good news, reveals GMTV new girl Kirsty McCabe". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 June 2009.[dead link]
- "Scots TV presenter Kirsty McCabe expecting second baby". Daily Record. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.