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School Report pupils 'become weather record-breakers'

By Denisa and Amir, School Reporters
London Academy, Edgware

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Hundreds of BBC School Report students across the UK are waiting for confirmation they have become record-breakers - by creating the world's largest interactive weather report.

At around 0915 on Thursday, schools across the country each took a Celsius reading and e-mailed it in to the BBC Weather Centre, where they were compiled for a huge interactive weather report.

To create a new record more than 250 schools needed to send in their temperatures and by around 1430GMT, we think the target was finally reached. But we will still need Guinness World Records to give us official verification.

And we were among those taking part! It was an amazing opportunity and loads of fun.

Students from The London Academy and Michael Fish
Weatherman Michael Fish helped us in our record-breaking temperature bid

At Television Centre, we took the temperature in the Blue Peter garden with veteran BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish, witnessed by Alex Karmel, Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and two police officers.

Firstly, we went down to the Blue Peter garden to meet the mayor and Mr Fish. We had to wait until 0915 to take the readings from the thermometer.

It was quite cold outside and we had to wait at least 15 minutes until we could go live on Radio 5 live to tell everyone what we were doing.

It was not easy, as this was our first time at the BBC and we were quite nervous. We have never experienced this before, but once we got to do it, we found it really straightforward.

Students from The London Academy on Five Live
Broadcasting live on radio was a scary experience

When we took the temperature, it was 5C, but it seemed much less than that as everyone out there was shivering.

After we finished recording the temperature, we headed off to the School Report radio studio, where we were interviewed by the presenters about what we had been doing and if we had enjoyed it.

Doing the interview in the radio studio was a little bit tricky as we had never done that before either and having a whole country listening to you at the same time is a little scary, but we managed to do it in the end.

Later on we went off to the BBC Weather Centre to hand in our results and then Chris, the producer, added them to his spreadsheet, which had details of all the schools taking part across the country.

We were the first students to have our temperature recorded on the interactive map.

Other children from our school who came with us to TV Centre were impressed.

Our classmate, Uyi said: "It was interesting, educational and amazing to be part of a world record."

"It was a good experience for our school to be part of it," said Rhiannon.

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Schools from the Shetland Islands in the north to Jersey in the south - and as far away as St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean - were also taking the temperature.

The temperature reading at every school needed to be verified by an independent witness, not affiliated to the school. This could be the local policeman, minister of religion, doctor or shopkeeper.

BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood - who was in Southampton for Breakfast TV - said everyone taking part had a great time.

"The weather is the one thing in our lives which changes on a daily, even hourly, basis. It's hugely interesting and lots of fun," she said.



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