Forecasters face storm of abuse from online trolls during heatwave

Other posts on Twitter in response to the heatwave warnings called them a “garbage load”, “a nanny state”, a “false emergency” and “pathetic, preposterous and alarmist nonsense”, encouraging the forecasters to “resign in disgrace”.

A BBC spokesman said: “It is completely unacceptable for a member of staff to be abused on social media simply for doing their job.”

Britain broke the previous high temperature record of 38.7C in more than 40 locations last week, with the new record of 40.3C being recorded in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Ahead of the record heat, health authorities warned that two days of very high temperatures with a “tropical night” in between would lead to circulatory and respiratory problems, particularly among the elderly and vulnerable, while even the fit and in good health should not exercise. in peak daytime temperatures due to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

During the 1976 heat wave, the maximum temperature was 35.9°C, which was not a record at the time. Temperatures above 32C lasted for 15 days and contributed to water rationing, an increase in emergency hospital admissions and a 20% increase in excess deaths.

The 2020 heatwave is believed to have contributed to 2,556 deaths, up from less than 1,000 in recent years and the highest level in 15 years. Excess death statistics have yet to be released for this summer’s heat wave.

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