Met Office launches weather forecasts in Gaelic

THE Met Office has launched forecasts in Gaelic on its website, providing the latest weather forecasts and warnings to the 58,000 Gaelic speakers and many more learners across Scotland.

Large parts of the forecasts on the Met Office ‘Invent’ website will be available in Gaelic as well as English, providing up to date forecasts for Scotland, including around 5,000 location forecasts across the UK.

Iain Forsyth, Head of the Public Weather Service at the Met Office said: “We are delighted to have worked with Bòrd na Gàidhlig so that we are now able to provide weather forecasts in Gaelic.”

As the national weather forecaster for Scotland, the Met Office provides the latest weather forecasts and warnings around the clock so that the people of Scotland can make the most of the weather.

This latest development of providing forecasts in Gaelic on the website will make forecasts more accessible and relevant to Gaelic speakers.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Gaelic in the Scottish Government commented: “The Scottish Government is committed to a secure and sustainable future for Gaelic in Scotland. The Met Office is providing opportunities for Gaelic speakers and learners to use the language in everyday life, and such efforts are at the heart of growing the number of people using Gaelic.

“The Met Office’s commitment to Gaelic content is a most welcome contribution towards our aim of creating a new generation of Gaelic speakers. This step complements a range of other Gaelic initiatives being taken forward in education, arts and other areas of Scottish public life.”

And Arthur Cormack, Cathraiche (Chair), of Bòrd na Gàidhlig added: “The Bòrd warmly welcomes the Met Office’s acknowledgement of the importance of Gaelic and its eager participation in the normalisation of the language.

“The weather plays a massive part in all our lives and in the Gaelic community in particular there is a rich tradition of weather-related vocabulary and idiom which a development such as this will enable us not only to contribute to the sustainability of the language through its increased visibility and status, but also by opening up new avenues and resources to learners who will become increasingly more comfortable with the environment and the weather through improved linguistic skills.

“The Met Office is to be commended for taking this initiative and I look forward to other agencies taking their lead from them.”

The Met Office also provides forecasts for Scotland’s two National Parks including the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, as well as Mountain Area Forecasts for the East and West Highlands.

In addition to providing forecasts in Gaelic, the Met Office also provides forecasts in Welsh. The multilingual forecasts are available on the Met Office website now.