The best thing about British weather
British weather is a fickle business, it likes to chop and change and keep us on our toes.
Currently we’re going through an amazing mid-March patch with temperatures reaching around 19 degrees. Shorts have come out in force and the smell of BBQs is in the air. Previously sad and unused beer gardens are now packing out, the sunglasses are dusted off and we all feel ready to take on summer.
On Saturday I got sunburnt, and if that’s not a sign that summer is coming then I don’t know what is.
But, as anyone who has spent more than a week in Britain will know, it won’t stay like this for long – the weather forecast looks to be cloudy and slightly colder for the rest of this week. Soon we will be bemoaning the cold, wet weather again, reminiscing to that time back in March where we had one lovely weekend.
This is why the British love to talk about the weather so much, because it is such a mixed bag. Who knows, we may even get snow around Easter time.
This changeability, however, is the best thing about British weather because it always gives us hope.
If you live in Canada then when December/January comes around, you know you will get snow and it will be cold – there’s no debating that. So you put on the snow tires, buy some salt and prepare yourself for the winter. This preparation allows few things to be disrupted and everyone braces themselves.
On the other hand, Britain is completely oblivious as to whether or not it’ll snow, be warm or be cold. It could be minus 5 or it could be 10 degrees and that the weather could completely change for the next week. So if you don’t like it one week, it’s unlikely that you’ll be stuck with it for much longer. This is what we hope for.
It also works on a daily basis: if it’s raining in the morning, I wouldn’t write off an afternoon picnic because it may completely clear up. It’s not like in India where there’s a Monsoon season when it’ll definitely rain. It just might. Always. And you can hope.
Maybe others would prefer the predictability found in other countries, but I’m happy with our frustrating, lovable changeability. It adds character.