Hungary’s weather chief sacked over wrong forecast

Hungary’s top two weather experts have been fired over a mistaken weather forecast that sparked political uproar.

What had been billed “Europe’s biggest fireworks display” had been organised for Saturday evening to celebrate St Stephen’s Day – the national holiday,

But seven hours before the scheduled start, the government postponed the event, citing extreme weather warnings.

The weather, however, stayed calm – leading to the sackings of the head and deputy head of the weather service.

Some 40,000 fireworks were ready to be launched from 240 points along a 5km (3 mile) stretch of the Danube River in central Budapest, in a display usually watched by up to two million people.

The government postponed the event for a week due to the extreme weather warnings it received.

But the rain storm the National Meteorological Service had predicted changed direction and struck parts of eastern Hungary instead – missing the capital city entirely.

The service posted a public apology on their…

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