I hate many things in life. I hate it when I’m in the middle of a really important phone call and I run out of credit. I hate it when my train is cancelled and I have to stand on a freezing platform for what seems like years before the next train. I hate it when there is nothing on TV apart from repeats of Top Gear on Dave that I’ve seen millions of times before. But, unlike most of the British population, one thing that I don’t hate is the weather. I think that the British weather is one of the most important things that make Britain what it is.
The weather makes a brilliant conversation starter if you can’t think of anything else to say in order to break the ice, it creates the beautiful and diverse countryside found in Britain, from the breathtaking mountains and valleys in the Lake District to the stunning rolling hills of the South Downs. The weather may be annoying when you’re not used to it, but after nearly sixteen years of living in this country I think I’m almost used to it. I don’t think that anyone can be completely used to the British weather; it is far too unpredictable, far too chaotic for anyone to be completely prepared for everything it throws at you. From freezing winters to boiling summers and from gentle atmospheric disturbances to strong gales and even a hurricane, Great Britain has one of the most unpredictable weather systems in the world. And that is why I love it so much. I can wake up every morning and look out to different conditions every time. Very rarely have I ever seen the same weather conditions outside more than twice in a row. This makes my life a little bit more exciting: unlike in other places where the weather is almost exactly the same everyday, here I have to stay on my toes and adjust regularly. It livens up anyone’s boring Monday afternoon by turning a miserable, wet morning into a beautiful sunny evening.
So yes, apart from the occasional downpour you find yourself caught in without an umbrella and the snow, which for some reason destroys anyone’s chances from going anywhere no matter how light, I do love the British weather because of what it is. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but for me it is perfect.