Peter Cockroft was born in Yorkshire. He was educated at Farnborough College of Technology and Oxford Polytechnic where he studied physics.
He joined the Met Office in 1974 working as a weather observer at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.
In 1978 Peter transferred to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough.
Peter moved from weather research into weather forecasting in 1990.
In 1991 he joined the BBC national television forecasting team making his first appearance on screen in July of that year.
During his 11 years at Television Centre Peter presented the weather on the BBC's national and international services on both television and radio.
He also broadcast weather bulletins to service personnel and their families overseas on the British Forces Broadcasting Service.
Peter joined BBC London in 2002 and can be seen forecasting the weather for the capital on the three main news programmes at lunchtime, teatime and late evening.
He is usually outside getting as wet as everyone else and has broadcast from the top of Saint Paul's and the top of Nelson's column!
He also keeps Londoners up to date with the weather on radio and online.
Peter lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Ann and daughter Rosie. He is keen on most forms of sport, especially sailing, and has competed in two Fastnet yacht races and sailed across the Atlantic.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a member of the Royal Television Society.