Anchor Bev Turner interrupted.
“So, John, I want us to be happy with the weather and everything – I do not know if anything has happened to meteorologists to make you all a little fatalistic and warn of doom.”
Clips of the nearly three-minute segment of the right-wing news network – sometimes referred to as Fox News of Britain – have gone viral. By Thursday morning, one had garnered more than 18 million views on Twitter by putting together Hammond’s interview with a scene from the movie “Don’t Look Up”, in which an astronomer played by Jennifer Lawrence shouts during a news segment that a meteor is about to hit and destroy Earth, just to get a TV anchor to tell her they’re trying to “keep the light on the bad news.”
Hammond’s prediction of brutal heat came true. Since appearing on GB News, the UK and large parts of Europe have abruptly. On Tuesday, Britain broke its record for the highest temperature, and officials there described the heat wave as a “national emergency”. A large part of England, including London, was subject to the country’s first “red” warning, which means that the heat posed a danger even to healthy people, the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, forest fires have plagued countries across the European continent.
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Neither GB News nor Turner responded immediately to requests for comment from The Washington Post early Thursday. Although Turner admitted Wednesday on Twitter that Hammond was right in saying that the country was not “equipped to cope” with the heat, she said it has not suffered an abnormal wave of deaths because of it. Hammond told The Post in an online message that it is too early to count such numbers.
After Turner asked him to be happy with the weather, Hammond pushed back. Again he reminded her that he predicted it would kill people. “I do not think we should be too … light-hearted over the fact that many are going to die early next week because of the heat.”
Turner also likened the heat wave to one that happened 46 years ago: “Haven’t we always had hot weather, John? Wasn’t ’76 – the summer of ’76 – as hot as this one, right? »
“Oh, no,” Hammond replied. He’s right — the peak temperature that year was about 96.6 degrees Fahrenheit (35.9 degrees Celsius), compared with 104.5 (40.3) so far this year, according to the BBC. Although people take 1976 as a way of rejecting climate change, it was a “freak event,” Hammond said. In contrast to this outlier, Britain is now seeing “more and more records, more and more often and more and more serious,” he said during the GB News segment.
“If not everyone told me to be scared … I would not even notice it,” she wrote.
For many people, there is still a disconnect between what they have always known as “nice weather” – clear skies, sunshine – and the reality that hot days are happening because of climate change and are only going to get more extreme and harmful, Hammond said to The Post.
“The notion of thousands of deaths is clearly not transparent to many,” he said. “Similarly, until the floodwaters ladle at our front door or our food runs out through the drought, we don’t really ‘get’ the threat of climate change until it affects us personally.”
Hammond said he hopes his internet fame brush does its part to change that.
“It’s certainly started a conversation about the language we use and how we communicate the threat of extreme weather in our forecasts,” he told The Post. “That must be a good thing.”
Britain sees the hottest day ever, with temperatures at 40 degrees