David Lee was born in Heswall on the Wirral in Merseyside and attended Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby.
He holds a BSc in physics and and MSc in radiological health and safety, both from the University of Salford.
On joining the Met Office at its Bracknell headquarters in October 1973, David's first posting was in the synoptic climatology department (formerly the long-range forecasting department).
From 1975 to 1978 he worked as a forecaster at the Manchester Weather Centre and then at London Weather Centre where, in addition to general forecasting duties, he broadcast the weather forecast on BBC radio.
From 1980 to 1981, David worked with Bill Giles in the Met Office's public relations department at Bracknell and was then posted to the Cardiff Weather Centre where he broadcast on both HTV and BBC radio.
In the early 1990s he undertook two six-month tours of duty to the Falkland Islands, forecasting for the forces at RAF Mount Pleasant.
David joined the BBC Weather Centre in January 1994 and was a BBC TV forecaster from May 1995 to 2000 when he left the BBC, although he continues to work for the Met Office.
David, who lives in Buckinghamshire, lists bird-watching and practical conservation work among his interests, as well as gardening and keeping fit.
He is also extremely interested in the "heroic age" of Antarctic exploration in the early 20th century, and has visited the huts of Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.