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Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Brides always want to know if it'll rain on their wedding day' - forecaster Siobhan Ryan

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Siobhan Ryan
Siobhan Ryan

She's used to being behind the camera while presenting RTE's weather forecasts, but Siobhan Ryan has admitted her on-screen appearances could have been very different if she had followed her acting dream.

The Met Eireann meteorologist revealed that she attending a weekly drama group when she was younger called 'Act the Maggot'.

While the forecaster loved working in the arts, it seems a career in acting wasn't for her.

"It was fun. I really enjoyed it," she said. "I think I'm an all or nothing kind of person. I put my heart and soul into something and I think if I pursued acting at a younger age then I would have given it everything."

While it may not be as glamorous as the bright lights of Hollywood, Siobhan admitted that she still gets a rush every time she presents a weather forecast.

The TV personality said that being in front of the camera for the forecast is a performance, much like acting.

"I get my performance fix every evening delivering the weather," she said.

According to the brunette, her career choice was based on her life-long interest in the weather and that even as a child she enjoyed watching the forecast .

"Definitely watching TV growing up I really liked watching the weather.

"It was something we all shared as a family.

"It was tangible, I could see it was happening the following day," she said.

Being able to predict the weather has made Siobhan a popular person among brides-to-be eager to know if it will be raining or not on their wedding day.

"People suddenly set up What's App wedding weather groups and ask me to join - even though I'm not necessarily invited to the wedding, may I add," she said. "My response is usually, 'Aren't you getting married, you should be happy no matter what the weather.' And it's good luck if it rains on your day."

However, Siobhan has a more serious approach to the subject of climate change, and said people need act on the issue for the sake of future generations.

"The penny has to drop," she told TV Now. "It's okay for us, but future generations will look back and think 'that greedy populous'."

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