The Met Office issued a severe weather warning yesterday saying snow was expected in many parts of the UK on the hottest day of the year.
The leading weather service for the UK and parts of the world has admitted that it made a mistake and called its forecast a “technical error.”
The country basked in temperatures of 21.5C.
As Britons sat in beer gardens enjoying 21C temperatures, the forecaster was sending out an amber snow alert for London, south-east England and south Wales.
The Met Office later blamed a ‘technical error’.
The snow alert, they said, was a test warning that accidentally went live on the website and mobile phone application.
Severe Weather Warning for snow… tonight… in London.
Go home Met Office, you’re drunk. pic.twitter.com/3kffOGCcaH
— Stevie Buckley (@StevieBuckley) May 5, 2016
It was also emailed to those who subscribe to the Met Office site, prompting mockery on social media.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Go home, Met Office… you’re drunk.’
The Met Office later confirmed Thursday to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Temperatures are expected to continue to rise over the weekend.
Sunday is expected to be the warmest day of the year. Temperatures could reach 25C or higher in London and 21C in Edinburgh, the forecaster said.
Due to a technical error, test warnings mistakenly appeared on our website and apps. The issue has now been resolved.
— Met Office (@metoffice) May 5, 2016
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