The Met Office has been mocked by social media users today for announcing a partial halt to social media posts out of respect for the royal family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The weather forecaster told its followers it would ‘only be posting daily forecasts and warnings’ as ‘a mark of respect.’
But users were quick to question why sharing more detailed weather forecasts could be seen as ‘disrespectful’ when it is a vital public service.
The forecaster tweeted: ‘We are saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
‘Our thoughts are with her family and all those affected by this news.
‘As a mark of respect during this time of national mourning we will only be posting daily forecasts and warnings.’
Followers quickly branded the decision ‘nonsense’ and ‘nuts’, while others quipped that cancelling the weather would have been ‘just what she wanted.’
Former BBC broadcaster Jon Sopel also waded in on the row, writing: ‘I am totally bewildered. Why is it a mark of respect to give us the weather forecast for today, but not tomorrow?
‘Or to put it another way, why is it disrespectful to give us tomorrow’s weather?’
But the Met Office said people had misunderstood its intentions.
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