UK weather forecasters continue to misunderstand what ‘hot’ means

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UK weather forecasters continue to misunderstand what 'hot' means

Excited weather forecasters announced that temperatures in the UK will exceed those in Sicily next week

but once again fail to understand that that low 20s is not actually ‘hot’. This has been an ongoing issue in weather reporting, disclosing a fundamental gap between the education and training of UK weather forecasters and those of their European counterparts. “They seem to think ‘hot’ is when you don’t need to wear your second layer of thermal underwear,” commented a Spanish forecaster. “We have tried to tell them what ‘hot’ actually means, but they just stare blankly and drink their tepid tea.”

Some UK experts are already talking about a ‘flaming June’, referencing last summer when temperatures reached the low 30s,

which famously was when forecasters from Portugal called UK forecasters “delusional and dangerous.” The continuing misuse of the word ‘hot’ and its synonyms has led to some Europeans fearing for the safety of UK citizens. One commentator asked, “When they see signs that say ‘Don’t touch – hot!’, can we be confident that they know what that means? Do they think it is the same as room temperature? Are they all scalding themselves on their morning coffee? It’s a big cause for concern.”

The bookies from Coral are giving odds of 4-5 that this summer will be the hottest on record

giving some hope that the people of the UK will finally understand what ‘hot’ means. However as UK forecasters also constantly confuse the words ‘summer’ (meaning a season of approximately 4 months) and ‘fortnight’ (meaning two weeks), those hopes may be unfounded. “They will wear shorts for three days and tell us for years about the glorious summer of 2019,” said an Italian forecaster. “Then when I visit the UK I’ll catch a cold from taking a shower because they still don’t know what ‘hot’ means.”

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