A forecast is a prediction. It’s an idea about what might happen in the future. This word is usually used when talking about the weather and the climate, but it can also be used in business.

  • What’s the forecast for tomorrow? (This question uses "forecast" as a noun.)
  • What are they forecasting for tomorrow? (This question uses "forecast" as a verb.)
  • A meteorologist forecasts the weather.
  • The person who does the weather on Channel 4 is forecasting a cold weekend.
  • The forecast is for more snow.
  • Snow is forecast for tomorrow. (passive voice)
  • Snow is forecasted for tomorrow. (When "forecast" is a verb, you’ll hear people use "forecast" and forecasted" for the past tense and for past participles. "Forecast" sounds better–I think!)
  • Climatologists are forecasting a rise in global temperatures due to an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • Farmers and businesses rely on accurate short-term and long-term forecasts of the weather.
  • It’s difficult to forecast what will happen with the stock market; however, analysts are able to look at trends and make predictions so that investors can make decisions about where to put their money.
  • Experts on the economy are forecasting a rise in interest rates.

weather forecast

He’s forecasting the weather.

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January 6, 2016