GB News reporter shuts down 'lethal weather' reports and it's like Don't Look Up

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A GB News anchor has been compared to characters from Don’t Look Up after she tried to laugh off the heatwave sweeping the UK.

For those who haven’t seen it, Adam McKay’s sci-fi movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two scientists trying to warn the world about a meteor approaching the Earth without much luck.

Of course, it was meant as a thinly-veiled nod to the warnings we’ve had over the impact of climate change, and in the film they can be seen on television battling with overly optimistic broadcasters.

GB News anchor Bev Turner seemed to be in her own version of one of the scenes, as she appeared to shrug off the implications of the ‘lethal weather’ we’re expecting next week.

Speaking to meteorologist John Hammond earlier this week, she said: ‘See John, you’re outside enjoying the sunshine. It’s not too hot, is it?’

While he admitted the weather was more ‘mild’, he pointed out that ‘by earliest next week, you could scrap 20C, as it could well be 40C’.


Describing the charts as ‘frightening’, the expert warned we could see ‘hundreds if not thousands of excess deaths early next week’.

He added: ‘This will be potentially lethal weather for a couple of days. It will be brief but it will be brutal.’

However, Turner interrupted him and suggested meteorologists have become ‘fatalistic and harbingers of doom’.

She argued: ‘I don’t know if something has happened to meteorologists to make you all a little bit fatalistic and harbingers of doom, but broadcasters – particularly on the BBC – every time I’ve turned on, anyone is talking about the weather and they’re saying there’s going to be tons of fatalities.

‘But haven’t we always had hot weather, John? Wasn’t the summer of ’76 – that was as hot as this, wasn’t it?’

Hammond coolly replied ‘Er, no’, and explained: ‘We are seeing more and more records, more and more frequently, and more more severely, so yes some people always hark back to the summer of 1976, which was a freak event, over 40 years ago.

‘But heatwaves are becoming more extreme, this is yet another one that is coming down the tracks towards us and I don’t think we should be too lighthearted over the fact that many are going to die over the next week because of the heat.

’40 degrees – the sort of temperature, I’m afraid, that this country is just not geared up to cope with.’

‘#DontLookUp moment,’ tweeted one viewer, while another quipped: ‘Does the newsreader realise that Don’t Look Up wasn’t supposed to be an aspirational film?’

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