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Weather presenters were unfairly targeted during the heatwave (Picture: BBC)
Weather forecasters have faced unprecedented levels of trolling from climate change deniers over this month’s extreme heatwave.
They’ve received hundreds of abusive tweets or emails questioning their reports and telling them to ‘get a grip’ as temperatures hit 40°C.
Britain saw the mercury pass the mark for the first time on record on July 19 as 15 fire services including London Fire Brigade declared a state of emergency.
The Met Office estimates the heatwave was made 10 times more likely because of climate change.
BBC weatherman Matt Taylor, said he had never experienced anything like it during his 25 years presenting the weather.
‘It’s a more abusive tone than I’ve ever received. I switched off a bit from it all as it became too depressing to read some of the responses,’ he said.
‘The weather is very emotive. It gets people so worked up. What’s good for some is bad for others and vice versa.
‘Our climate has changed, so our reporting and response also has to change. All we’re trying to do is bring people the facts.’
Firefighters tackle a wildfire that encroached on nearby homes in Sheffield on Wednesday last week (Picture: Getty Images)
The Royal Meteorological Society has condemned the trolling after its members faced ‘public ridicule, accusations of lying or suggestions of being blackmailed’.
‘Anecdotally, abusive comments increase when the message about climate change is intrinsic to the story,’ said the body’s chief executive Professor Liz Bentley.
‘It’s scary in some ways’, said Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin, who added: ‘I find it more frustrating and offensive for my colleagues – some of the great minds in climate science.
‘Show a bit of respect and do a bit more research rather than just believe Bob down the pub or Tony on YouTube.’
Tweets aimed at BBC Weather and its presenters featured personal insults and messages such as ‘it’s just summer’.
Many described advice on how to stay cool as pandering to the ‘woke-brigade’ or for ‘snowflakes’.
There are warnings of drought in August (Picture: SWNS)
Other tweets accused the Met Office and the BBC of spreading ‘alarmism’ and ‘hysteria’, telling both to ‘stop scaremongering’.
BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker added: ‘What frustrates me most is when I’m accused of twisting the truth. As meteorologists, we report facts. There is no conspiracy.’
Periods of intense heat around the world do occur but these patterns are becoming ever increasingly frequent.
For example, nine out of the ten hottest days on record in the UK have been since 1990.
BBC Weather said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for any member of staff to receive abuse on social media simply for doing their job.’
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