Britons spend six months of their lives talking about the weather

2010-05-14 14:46

Famously weather-obsessed British people spend on average six

months of their lives talking about whether it’s going to rain or shine,

according to a survey published today.

Speculation about whether it’s going to be wet, complaints about

the cold and exclamations about the heat are also the first points of

conversation with strangers or business acquaintances for 58% of Britons, it


A study of 2 018 adults by pollsters ICM found Britons talk about

the weather for about 49 hours every year and the subject comes up more often

than work, TV, sport or gossip.

Nineteen percent of over 65s questioned also believe they can

predict the weather as well as a professional weatherman.

The most usual explanation for the British fascination with weather

is that it is so changeable, although this does not explain why other countries

with similar weather are not similarly interested.

Whatever the reason, “these findings prove that we really are a

nation obsessed by our climate,” said Paul Llewellyn of Lloyds TSB Insurance,

which commissioned the poll.

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