It turns out that the controversial news channel GB News has a regular program called Until the pointalthough in an interview where they tell a meteorologist to be “happy” with rising temperatures, they seem to completely miss the point.
John Hammond spoke to hosts Bev Turner and Mercy Muroki on Thursday as the UK has been hit by a heat wave this week and is expected to face warmer weather this weekend through to week next.
Very serious information, of course, which should be taken very seriously by very serious journalists, right?
Well, as she noted Hammond was sitting outside during the interview, Turner said, “It’s not too hot, is it?”
Hammond, remaining much more professional, replied, “No, it’s absolutely lovely, it’s 20 degrees here, it’s lovely.” On a serious note folks, by the start of next week you can drop 20 degrees, it might just be 40 degrees.
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“I think there will be hundreds, if not thousands more deaths at the start of the next few weeks. The maps I can see in front of me are scary, so we all love good weather, but it won’t be good weather – it will be life-threatening weather, for a few days.
“It will be brief, but it will be brutal.”
Despite the warning of actual deathsTurner continued to advocate shameless optimism, as that is of course the most rational response.
“I want us to be happy with the weather. I don’t know if anything has happened to meteorologists to make you all a bit fatalistic and harbingers of doom.
“Haven’t we always had hot weather, John?” The summer of 1976 was that hot, wasn’t it, she said.
Hammond was clear: “No, and we’re seeing more and more records more and more frequently and more and more severely… The heat waves are getting more and more extreme, it’s yet another one coming down the slopes towards we.
“I don’t think we should be too light on the fact that many are going to die over the next week due to the heat. 40 degrees, that kind of temperature in this country, I’m afraid, is not suited to deal with it.
Turner’s stance has since been criticized online and compared to Don’t look up – the Netflix film where two scientists warn the media of an impending climate catastrophe:
And today, a day after the interview, the Met Office issued its first-ever extreme heat weather warning for the start of next week, with temperatures potentially reaching 40C – beating the previous highest temperature 37.8°C in July 2019.
The weather agency said England could face an ‘extremely hot spell’ on Monday and Tuesday, with the red warning indicating a ‘potentially very serious situation’.
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