Louise Lear was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She graduated from Middlesex University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Drama, where she studied the clarinet and piano.
After a period as a researcher for Children’s BBC, she took the job of sports presenter for an independent radio production company, covering amongst other events the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Louise Lear began her career as a weather presenter at Central Television in 1992 and then spent two years at LBC in London. She joined the UK Weather Channel at its launch in 1996 and took up her most recent post at the BBC in April 1998.
Louise Lear has presented other BBC programmes, including Trading Up on BBC One. Lear was chosen to undertake the role as she and her husband have renovated four houses in London, including a cottage where they lived with their two young children. She has presented the weather forecast on the BBC One programme Countryfile. She memorably giggled through a BBC weather forecast in 2016.