The Daily Telegraph

‘Bewilderme­nt’ as Met Office cuts forecasts for mourning

- By Sarah Knapton

THE Met Office said it would be scaling back its weather forecastin­g following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in a decision branded “bewilderin­g” by commentato­rs.

The forecaster said that it will only be posting daily updates and warnings during national mourning as opposed to engaging in more regular coverage.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “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.”

But Jon Sopel, the former BBC journalist said: “I am totally bewildered. Why is it disrespect­ful to give us tomorrow’s weather?”

Yesterday, the Government released advice on how to approach the National Mourning period and said there was no obligation for organisati­ons to suspend business, and said that public services would continue as usual.

The department of education has also said that schools and colleges should remain open. However many organisati­ons have chosen to postpone or cancel events. The Premier League and Football League have postponed all weekend fixtures, and horse racing meetings were cancelled on Friday.

The BBC Proms on Thursday and yesterday were also cancelled, along with the Last Night of the Proms tonight.

The National Gallery and London Zoo also closed yesterday as a mark of respect, but will reopen this weekend. All six Historic Royal Palaces sites including Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Kew Palace have closed their doors.

The award ceremony of the Mercury Music Prize was called off and the TUC annual congress that was due to be held in Brighton next week will now be reschedule­d.

Some shops remained closed yesterday, including Selfridges, French Connection, Mulberry and Liberty, while the shopping channel QVC did not broadcast. Harrods has said it will be closed on the day of the state funeral.

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