Kirsty McCabe

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Kirsty McCabe
Born Kirsty McCabe
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Spouse(s) Renato Marchio
(m. 2008)
Children 2

Kirsty McCabe is a Scottish weather forecaster and presenter, and the Senior Meteorologist at The Weather Channel, based at the UK office in London.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]


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 One and occasionally presented the weather on BBC Breakfast.

In January 2009, she replaced Andrea McLean as GMTV's weather forecaster.[2] In September 2010, McCabe joined GMTV replacement programme Daybreak on ITV Breakfast as a weather presenter and environment correspondent alongside Lucy Verasamy.[3] On 7 February 2012 it was announced McCabe had left Daybreak.[4]

In June 2012, she joined South Today on BBC South as a weather forecaster[5] for a six-month stint. In January 2013 she moved to Reporting Scotland on BBC Scotland.

From July 2013 onwards, she has presented weather forecasts for 5 News on Channel 5, providing cover for Sian Welby.

Since January 2015, she has presented weekend weather forecasts for Sunrise on Sky News.

McCabe became the Senior Meteorologist for The Weather Channel UK's office in January 2015, broadcasting via and the Weather Channel App.

She also writes a regular parenting column on Junior magazine.

Personal life[edit]

McCabe married South African architect Renato Marchio in July 2008.[6] She gave birth to a son on 25 December 2010, and to a second son on 7 May 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "Kirsty McCabe". BBC Weather Centre. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Spratt, Charlotte (20 November 2008). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". The Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Daybreak Press Pack, 31 August 2010
  4. ^ Weather farewell to Kirsty McCabe The Sun, 7 February 2012
  5. ^ Weather girl Kirsty McCabe defies the elements to walk for charity in her bra Maria Croce, Daily Record, 9 June 2012
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Scots TV presenter Kirsty McCabe expecting second baby". Daily Record. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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