- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch reached 21C
- It fell to weatherman Liam Dutton to pronounce UK’s longest place name
- Forecaster flawlessly reeled off word on Channel 4 News with subtle smirk
- 34-year-old, from Cardiff, said: ‘It was just a normal day with a very long name’
Steph Cockroft for MailOnline
It leaves most people tounge-tied, but weatherman Liam Dutton appears to have no problem handling Europe’s longest place name.
With temperatures reaching 21C, RAF Mona in Anglesey – which is just down the road from the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – was the warmest place in Wales yesterday.
It then fell to Mr Dutton to attempt to pronounce the 58-letter place name – which had been emblazoned across the UK weather map and even reached into the Netherlands – during the Channel 4 News broadcast.
Channel 4 News weatherman Liam Dutton reeled off the long place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch during yesterday’s weather broadcast
But the 34-year-old, who has more than a decade of experience, refused to succumb to stage fright – and reeled off the word with near-perfect execution.
The presenter, who learned Welsh as a youngster, appeared to be so aware of the frenzy his broadcast would cause that he began smirking in anticipation of the moment.
With a subtle smile on his face, he then said: ‘Now today we had a big contrast in temperature across the UK – just 12 degrees off coastal parts of eastern England with cloudy skies.
‘But in the sunshine in North West Wales, at RAF Mona just up the road from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the temperature got to 21 Celsius, that’s 70 in Fahrenheit.’
Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Dutton said it was ‘quite nice’ to have been able to say the word during a broadcast.
Despite more than a decade of experience, including a stint working at BBC Wales, he has never needed to say the village name on air before.
He said: ‘I learned Welsh when I was younger and it’s the sort of word you practice and get used to saying. It’s the sort of word that people who can’t pronounce are always really impressed with.
‘The RAF station just down the road was the warmest place in Wales, so the opportunity came up to say it. It was just an ordinary day… with a very long name.’
Following the broadcast, Cardiff-born Mr Dutton tweeted his followers thanking them for ‘the kind words’
The 34-year-old had warned viewers that he was about to say the word live on Channel 4, something he has never done before in his forecasting career
Mr Dutton admitted the broadcast was pre-recorded – but said he had managed to pronounce the name during his first attempt.
He said: ‘I managed to say it straight away. You just hope it will all come out at once.
‘Certainly in this news room, there would be a big sense of fear for some people if they had to read a word that long. So I think they were quite happy that it fell to me.’
He added that his ‘knowing smile’ had been mainly for the viewers, as an acknowledgment that he was about to attempt to say the famous place name, something which rarely happens.
He had tweeted followers before the broadcast to warn viewers about the unusual content, writing: ‘I’m about to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the TV.’
And viewers were clearly impressed with his efforts. One wrote: ‘He NAILED that, well done!’
Another called him a ‘natural’, while one viewer asked: ‘How long has he practiced that? He smiles and feels satisfied after saying it hahahha’.
The massive moniker dates back to the 1860s, when it was introduced as a publicity stunt to give its railway station the longest name in the UK (pictured)
John Morton posted: ‘The main problem with weather forecasting in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is that by the time you’ve read it out the weather’s moved on.’
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
In English, Llanfair (as it is known to exasperated locals) means ‘The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave’
Cardiff-born Liam, who studied geography at the University of Wales in Swansea, now lives in London.
He previously worked as a broadcast meteorologist at the BBC Weather Centre in London, where he worked across many BBC channels, including reading the Shipping Forecast on Radio 4.
Earlier this year, actress Naomi Watts reeled off the place name on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
The moniker dates back to the 1860s, when it was introduced as a publicity stunt to give its railway station the longest name in the UK.
The large village, which is otherwise known as Llanfair or Llanfair PG, has the longest place name in Europe and the second longest one-word place name in the world after Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand.
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