As the climate crisis deepens the UK’s attitude to summer begins to shift

As the climate crisis deepens the UK’s attitude to summer begins to shift

Season now has a health warning and people may lose associations of joy, relaxation and celebration

Beware summer! The season we used to anticipate as the lightest, brightest, balmiest time of the year now comes with a health warning.

For the first time in the UK, the Met Office issued an extreme heat advisory this week. The warning was very staid, very British, but a clear shift away from the ethos of Keep Calm and Carry On. The amber alert urged precautions against adverse health effects for vulnerable populations, pressure on water resources, potential power cuts and increased likelihood of transport delays. Given the temperatures were only a little over 30C for a few days, this might seem risible to people living in far hotter parts of the world, but it is part of a growing global conversation that is fundamentally challenging how we think about summer in a climate-disrupted world.

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