Barra Best has been bringing the weather news to BBC audiences for five years on television and radio. His friendly, knowledgeable style has endeared him to viewers and listeners and his devoted Twitter followers have made his the biggest account of any weather presenter in Ireland.
Away from weather duties, Barra is also a television presenter. On BBC One Northern Ireland Barra presented the popular railway history programme ‘Walk the Line’ tracking the forgotten railway lines that once criss-crossed the countryside. He also co-hosted BBC Northern Ireland’s Children in Need programme on BBC One – one of the fastest-moving and demanding roles in television – and fronted the BBC’s hugely popular Stargazing Live programme in Northern Ireland including hosting a series of talks and Q&A sessions on the universe – he’s no stranger to the big topics!
As well as his work on television and radio, Barra has hosted the Belfast Pride celebrations and many other popular community events.
Before moving to weather forecasting and environmental reporting, Barra made his name covering stories for BBC Newsline on BBC One Northern Ireland and the Good Morning Ulster and Evening Extra programmes on BBC Radio Ulster.
Earlier in his career he reported and presented the news for Belfast Citybeat and Cool FM/Downtown News.
Outside of broadcasting Barra has a passion for travelling – anything form a drive to the coast, weekend trips to the continent, and visiting friends down under. His current fantasy trip of a lifetime would be Melbourne, when Australia win Eurovision.