(Maev Kennedy - Guardian)-It was indeed, as the new weatherman on BBC Scotland pronounced, an unsettled – not to say unsettling – picture.
The forecast was vile, but the diction immaculate, as he predicted "a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey in Caithness", but otherwise rain, wind, and even snow over higher ground "with the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral".
The weatherman glared at the camera: "Who the hell wrote this script?"
"Unscripted" humorous asides now being a must for weathermen, he concluded: "Thank God it isn't a bank holiday."
Prince Charles was invited to expand his CV and read the lunchtime weather forecast during a tour of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters with his wife, Camilla. The regular presenter, Nick Miller, grinned during the Prince of Wales' efforts, but said he had got it spot on.
A spokeswoman from Charles's London home, Clarence House, where the rain was bucketing down, said: "He spends a lot of time in Scotland so he's very interested in the weather."