Forecasters face storm of abuse from online trolls during heatwave

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Other messages posted on Twitter in response to heat wave warnings called them “a load of crap”, “babysitting state”, a “fake emergency” and “pathetic, absurd, terrifying nonsense”, encouraging forecasters to “step down in disgrace.” “.

A TBEN spokesperson said: “It is completely unacceptable for a staff member to be abused on social media simply because he is doing his job.”

Britain broke the previous record for high temperatures of 38.7C in more than 40 places last week, with the new record of 40.3C in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

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Ahead of the record-breaking heat, health authorities warned that two days of very high temperatures with a “tropical night” in between would cause circulation and breathing problems, especially in the elderly and frail, while even the fit and healthy were told not to exercise. at peak daytime temperatures due to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In the 1976 heat wave, the peak temperature was 35.9C, which was not a record at the time. Temperatures above 32°C lasted for 15 days, contributing to water rationing, an increase in emergency hospitalizations and a 20 percent increase in deaths.

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The 2020 heat wave is said to have contributed to 2,556 deaths, an increase of less than 1,000 in recent years and the highest level in 15 years. Excess mortality statistics have not yet been published for this summer’s heat wave.

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