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Ian McCaskill dies: Former BBC Weatherman passes away aged 78

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Ian McCaskill shelters from the rain at the launch of the Water Month 2000 in the West India Docks, London. (File photo dated 3/5/2000) PA

Ian McCaskill shelters from the rain at the launch of the Water Month 2000 in the West India Docks, London. (File photo dated 3/5/2000) PA

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Ian McCaskill shelters from the rain at the launch of the Water Month 2000 in the West India Docks, London. (File photo dated 3/5/2000) PA

Ian McCaskill, the former BBC weather forecaster, has died aged 78.

His daughter Kirsty McCaskill said her father had been living with dementia for the past five years and passed away on Saturday.

Ms McCaskill said: "Ian was a truly lovely man who loved his family unconditionally and brought lots of sunshine to people's lives with his friendly smile, kindness and sharp wit.

"He is survived by his wife Pat, whom he adored, two daughters, Vicky and Kirsty, two step-sons, Tim and Matthew, and nine grandchildren. He will be deeply missed."

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File photo dated 10/5/1988 of BBC weathermen Bill Giles (L), Ian McCaskill (Centre) and Michael Fish outside Television Centre with their predictions for fashions in the forthcoming silly season before introducing their new computerised weather displays. PA

File photo dated 10/5/1988 of BBC weathermen Bill Giles (L), Ian McCaskill (Centre) and Michael Fish outside Television Centre with their predictions for fashions in the forthcoming silly season before introducing their new computerised weather displays. PA

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File photo dated 10/5/1988 of BBC weathermen Bill Giles (L), Ian McCaskill (Centre) and Michael Fish outside Television Centre with their predictions for fashions in the forthcoming silly season before introducing their new computerised weather displays. PA

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File photos dated 18/09/1991 of BBC forecasters Ian McCaskill (left) and Michael Fish. PA

File photos dated 18/09/1991 of BBC forecasters Ian McCaskill (left) and Michael Fish. PA

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File photos dated 18/09/1991 of BBC forecasters Ian McCaskill (left) and Michael Fish. PA

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File photo dated 20/10/1998 of Ian McCaskill during a photocall for the pantomime 'Puss In Boots' ' as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

File photo dated 20/10/1998 of Ian McCaskill during a photocall for the pantomime 'Puss In Boots' ' as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 20/10/1998 of Ian McCaskill during a photocall for the pantomime 'Puss In Boots' ' as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 12/12/2016 of Ian McCaskill and wife Pat as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

File photo dated 12/12/2016 of Ian McCaskill and wife Pat as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 12/12/2016 of Ian McCaskill and wife Pat as the former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 9/2/1988 of Ian McCaskill and a colleague, prepare for the weather forecast in London. The former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

File photo dated 9/2/1988 of Ian McCaskill and a colleague, prepare for the weather forecast in London. The former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 9/2/1988 of Ian McCaskill and a colleague, prepare for the weather forecast in London. The former weather forecaster has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 22/11/1996 of singer Gina G as she takes part in the 'Children In Need' party with dancing weathermen Ian McCaskill (left) and Richard Edgar. Former weather forecaster McCaskill has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

File photo dated 22/11/1996 of singer Gina G as she takes part in the 'Children In Need' party with dancing weathermen Ian McCaskill (left) and Richard Edgar. Former weather forecaster McCaskill has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 22/11/1996 of singer Gina G as she takes part in the 'Children In Need' party with dancing weathermen Ian McCaskill (left) and Richard Edgar. Former weather forecaster McCaskill has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 21/6/1993 of former TV weatherman Ian McCaskill who has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

File photo dated 21/6/1993 of former TV weatherman Ian McCaskill who has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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File photo dated 21/6/1993 of former TV weatherman Ian McCaskill who has died aged 78, the BBC confirmed. PA

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