Killjoy environment adviser says Britain should not celebrate UK's hot weather

Man on beach

Many people in the UK have been enjoying the hot weather

Paige Creaney

By Paige Creaney

Published: 14/06/2023

- 15:57

The UK experienced highs of 30C over the weekend

A top environment adviser in England has warned that people should not be entirely happy about the hot and sunny weather the UK is currently experiencing.

Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England, has said weather readers need to change their tone when speaking about the hot and sunny spell due to the country “needing rain.”

Jupiter took to Twitter to express his concern, writing: “Dear @BBCNews could you please stop saying how pleased we all are with continuing dry, sunny and hot weather? Our rivers are dying and wildlife fading away.

“We need RAIN. It is good. You can’t make the weather, but please stop saying global heating is a positive thing” he said.

Tony Juniper tweet

Tony Juniper expressed his concerns on Twitter

@TonyJuniper Twitter

However, Ilan Kelman, professor of disasters and health at UCL, said we can "enjoy plenty about the ongoing warm, sunny weather, along with being careful.

“Although the current temperatures are far from excessive, we expect to see frequent repetition of the dangerously high temperatures witnessed last year" he said.

The warning from Mr Juniper, a former campaigner, came after parts of the UK were hit by heavy rain and strong winds on Monday, temporarily interrupting recent dry weather.

The torrential rain halted the Manchester City trophy parade and prompted some to draw parallels between the way Just Stop Oil protesters and the extreme weather had both disrupted traffic.

The Mayor of London has also issued a high air pollution warning to those in the capital, the second of the year, caused by high temperatures and pollution being carried over from the continent.

Sadiq Khan asked people to do their part to stop themselves contributing to the pollution levels.

He urged Londoners to choose to walk, cycle or take public transport, avoid unnecessary car journeys, stop engines idling and refrain from burning wood or garden waste, all of which contribute to high levels of pollution.

Climate change is projected to make British summers hotter and probably drier, and increase intense downpours, when rainwater tends to run off the land before much can be absorbed.

Dried out river due to hot weather

West Cumbria Rivers Trust & the National Trust warned that what should be the wettest part of England has rivers running almost completely dry


West Cumbria Rivers Trust & the National Trust yesterday warned that what should be the wettest part of England has rivers running almost completely dry, creating "disastrous" conditions for wildlife like fish.

Last summer huge parts of England endured a prolonged drought, which fuelled fierce wildfires and saw swathes of the country turn from green to yellow and brown.

Parts of East Anglia, as well as Devon and Cornwall, remain in drought, and the Environment Agency last month warned water companies to prepare for another drought, which could return with another hot and dry spell.

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