Helen Sarah Willetts (born 10 February 1972) is a meteorologist on the BBC. She appears regularly on BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Red Button, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 2, as well as BBC One. Willetts is an occasional weather forecaster on the BBC News at Ten and the BBC News channel. Willetts returned in mid November 2009 after taking a year's maternity leave which she also did in early 2008 when she had her first child.
She also played badminton internationally for Wales before joining the Met Office in February 1994, where she began a five-month forecaster training course at the Met Office college, at the former RAF Shinfield Park (occupied by the Met Office from 1971-2004). Also on the course at the same time was Liz Bentley, the current Chief Executive of the Met Office, John Hammond, and the regional presenter Paul Hudson, with whom she played tennis with most mornings.
In July 1994 she moved to Cardiff Weather Centre and from 1995 she appeared as a forecaster on BBC Television and Radio in Wales. In 1997 she moved to the BBC Weather Centre in London to work for BBC News.
In popular culture
In 2006 she had her first child, and her second was born in December 2008.
- "Weather Presenter Award". BBC News. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- "Graduation 2007". University of Nottingham. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
- Khan, Urmee (2008-10-07). "Heavily pregnant BBC weather presenter Helen Willetts soldiers on". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-28.