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Under a cloud: BBC bosses are accused of making online weather forecasts ‘too pessimistic’ by using raindrop symbol even on sunny days

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BBC bosses have been accused of making online weather forecasts ‘too pessimistic’.

If there is heavy rain in the evening but the weather is sunny in the daytime, the corporation’s smartphone weather app can show a symbol of a black cloud and raindrop to cover the entire day.

Over the Easter weekend, the app predicted wet conditions at times in many areas. 

But Saturday was generally fine, while yesterday was mostly dry with sunny spells and heavy rain did not arrive until the evening.

Businesses dependent on tourism find the forecasts ‘frustrating’ as they can put off visitors.

BBC bosses have been accused of making online weather forecasts 'too pessimistic' (stock image)

BBC bosses have been accused of making online weather forecasts ‘too pessimistic’ (stock image)

If there is heavy rain in the evening but the weather is sunny in the daytime, the corporation's smartphone weather app can show a symbol of a black cloud and raindrop to cover the entire day

If there is heavy rain in the evening but the weather is sunny in the daytime, the corporation’s smartphone weather app can show a symbol of a black cloud and raindrop to cover the entire day

Over the Easter weekend, the app predicted wet conditions at times in many areas

Over the Easter weekend, the app predicted wet conditions at times in many areas

The BBC, whose weather forecasts are provided by MeteoGroup, said the forecasts on its app ‘may give emphasis to a specific spell of weather on any day’ but is ‘designed to be read in context with the broader picture’.

With warm sunshine, the first part of the Easter weekend felt like spring had finally arrived. 

But more predictable Bank Holiday weather arrived for Easter Monday. Heavy rain arrived in southern areas yesterday evening, spreading north overnight.



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