THE BBC is launching a new look for its weather map - and Scots will be happy to know that the map of the UK will now be flat.

Previously the map of the UK had been displayed at an angle that distorted Scotland to make it look smaller than it really was, leading many to protest that the public broadcaster was giving much more prominence to London and the south-east in their weather coverage.

Some even went so far as to suggest it was an intentional choice to try to do Scotland down but, as former National columnist Angry Salmond noted, “the notion that they’ve turned the weathermen against us seems unlikely.”

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The new flat design of the upcoming map

The new weather map will not only present the UK as a flat image from above, but will also feature new on-air graphics and a realistic globe feature to show snow and areas that are likely to see the northern lights.

SNP MP Angus MacNeil, who voiced criticism of the tilted weather map when it was first revealed, said: “I’m delighted that the BBC have finally done the right thing and improved the weather map – it only took them 12 and half years! People can see Scotland really is a big place, and now we need to have ambitions for Scotland to match.”

Weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas will present the first television weather forecast with the new data on the BBC One lunchtime news.