Weather is a topic that we can’t resist talking about and a new report shows that the average Brit spends almost five full days each year (that’s 10 month of our lives) complaining about the weather.
According to the new State of the Summer report by tea-makers Tetley’s weather-preoccupied Brits check the forecast eight times a week, discussing the outcome with partners and work colleagues at least five times a week.
And it’s not just feeding our conversation, as there has been a financial cost too: the research reveals that the poor summer weather has cost Brits an average of £149 each over the summer months, due to cancelled events, wasted food and clothes we never got to wear.
On average, we have had to cancel five planned summer activities, including three failed walks in the country and an abandoned BBQ.
The Tetley State of Summer report, commissioned to launch its new Sunshine tea with Vitamin D, also confirms what many have suspected: the UK’s summer has been a “wash out”, with average rainfall and weather systems during this summer more typical of winter months, according to leading meteorologist, Prof. Liz Bentley.
It is no surprise then that 44% of Brits think this summer has been disappointing – with most us claiming to have been stuck inside for days over the summer months because of poor conditions.
In order to restore some summer feel good factor, Tetley has worked with psychologist, Honey Langcaster-James, to explore the impact a lack of sunshine has on the mood of the nation, and to find some suggestions for combatting our resulting frustration.
She said: “A sunny day can boost the mood and lift the spirit. But after a summer deemed by 44% of Brits as a ‘wash-out’, it’s more important than ever to find those little things that evoke that summertime feeling looking ahead.
That’s why going in to the autumn, we’re calling on the nation to bring the sunshine itself.
“Getting regular exercise has been proven to help boost mood and reduce symptoms associated with depression, so it’s more important than ever during the winter months to make time for exercise.
“On a smaller scale, little touches like using a bright light box, designed to mimic dawn with bright sunlight early in the morning to wake you up naturally, as well as summertime scented bath products and toiletries can help evoke that summer feeling.
“Maintain your Vitamin D levels by eating a diet rich with foods that contain Vitamin D, and from food supplements or enhanced drinks like Tetley’s new Sunshine Super Tea.”
According to the poll, the rain makes 14 percent of us feel frustrated, while 10 percent of us feel lethargic when the heavens open.
However, even when the sun does make a rare appearance, 57 percent of us still find something to moan about – with almost half of the nation (49%) having complained about the weather being too humid, while 46% have moaned about it being too hot.
Almost four in ten (39%) have taken issue with it being too windy, while 34% say the sunshine makes them sweat too much.