Jean’s fashion goes down a storm

THE colder it is, the hotter she gets.

We are in the midst of one of the bleakest mid-winters on record, but RTÉ forecaster Jean Byrne continues to raise the temperatures. Whatever the weather, her presence on the airwaves ensures a sunny spell.

On Wednesday night she cut a dash with her black ‘spiderweb’ dress, which was — Liz Hurley style — slashed in all the right places.

This left many male viewers hot under the collar with online comments reflecting their flushes.

“God bless you, Jean! This outfit is epic,” one male fan wrote online just minutes after Jean signed off on her weather report after the Nine O’Clock news on RTÉ.

“It explains why she hasn’t been doing the weather in the last few weeks. She has obviously been preparing her 2011 collection and, By God, she is going all out! Can’t wait to see what she rocks next!” another fan wrote.

Her daring wardrobe choices has bagged the meteorologist legions of followers.

The RTÉ weather presenter has raised some eyebrows — and set the male population’s temperature soaring — with futuristic leather dresses and other avant-garde creations.

And while some might cruelly refer to her “tinfoil” silver dress worn during a Christmas Day weather bulletin in 2009, her fans have proclaimed her as a “fashion ambassador for Ireland”.

Two Facebook groups have been set up to celebrate her unique style. The Jean Byrne Appreciation Society already has over 700 members and they proudly proclaim her as “the coolest meteorologist in history”.

Born in Tarbert, Co Kerry, Jean initially decided to study medicine but then opted for a change of career and applied for a job at Met Éireann.

Employed first as a meteorological officer, she went for further training at the aviation office in Shannon Airport and afterwards moved to the research division in Dublin.

From there she moved to her present position in the forecasting division and since 1996 has regularly presented weather on RTÉ.

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