Britons spend six months of their lives discussing weather

14th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

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 Friday.

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 percent of Britons, it said.

The 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 here -- although this does not explain why other meteorogically-challenged countries 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.

© 2010 AFP

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