A car radio broadcasting company is now warning of an impending global weather emergency, saying the current climate is not a good time to broadcast car radio.
The BBC and the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty group say that global temperatures are already forecast to peak between December 20 and March 2, with the worst case scenario forecast to last from January 9 to February 11.
The BBC says that while there are indications of an increase in the likelihood of an extreme heatwave this year, temperatures are expected to remain at the current average for several weeks.
The BBC says temperatures are forecast to increase across much of the UK by the end of the month.
Car radios have been a staple of life for decades, and are used by people in all sorts of different professions and lifestyles.
On Thursday, the BBC said it had received a number of reports from radio listeners in Northern Ireland, where temperatures are set to soar by between 4.8C and 6.5C in the coming weeks.
One of the most popular car radio programs in Northern Irish cities is the Radio Ulster radio station, which is owned by Radio Free Scotland and broadcast from a new car radio facility in Kilmarnock.
Radio Free Europe says it is aware of the BBC warning and is preparing for an emergency in the UK, adding that car radio is the fastest-growing form of radio.
“Car radios are used in every part of society.
In some areas, they are the primary means of communication for families, workplaces, schools and other public places,” the group says in a statement.”
The BBC’s warning will be followed by a full public consultation with car radio listeners.”
It is not the first time that car radios have warned about an impending weather emergency.
The radio broadcaster Radio Free Ireland warned on July 1 that the “worst case” forecast is expected to last for up to five weeks.