By Tim Clarke 26/07 Updated: 26/07 11:49
WORCESTERSHIRE weatherman Paul Damari has forecasted a bright outlook for his retirement as the sun finally sets on his career. Come rain, shine, floods or heavy snowfall Mr Damari has always delivered his trusted forecast in a cheery manner which has made him a firm favourite with radio listeners and local newspaper readers.
But the 61-year-old stunned BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester listeners last Friday by announcing he was calling time on his career as a forecaster, which stretches back 30 years.
Mr Damari told the Observer he felt the time was right for him to retire and spend more time with his wife Sandra, who has remained a constant ray of sunshine in his life despite her battle with multiple sclerosis.
"What a lot people don't realise is when it's nice and settled here I'm still really busy because I've got some clients abroad and right across this country - sometimes I can be up all night," he said.
"I've been pondering retirement and with the weather becoming more freakish it means I'm not getting much rest at all. But I'm going out on a high and that's how I always wanted it to be."
Mr Damari's family have always joked a dramatic event just days before he was born sparked his love affair with the weather which has lasted more than 50 years.
"Just before I was born a thunderstorm struck our house in Worcester and caused a lot of damage. The joke in the family has been that that's where I gained all my interest in the weather," he said.
"Right from a young age I can remember going to the window and looking at the weather and sunsets - I was fascinated by it all," he said. "Then when I went to Cherry Orchard Primary School the interest grew and at Nunnery Wood Secondary School they had a little weather station and I used to help take the readings. I used to hog it because I just loved doing it."
Mr Damari went on to study at horticultural college and worked for the city council's parks department for 19 years before eventually going full time as a weatherman.
He became a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society as well as an official weather observer for the MET Office and his trusted forecast has been relied upon by about 2,000 clients.
Mr Damari said he had been overwhelmed at people's messages of support since announcing his retirement but he was looking forward to focusing on his other interests, which include poetry, art and photography.
"I'm really pleased and glad in one respect I shall have time to do all these other things but I'm a little bit sad I won't be people's weatherman anymore," he added.
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