My dad grew up in Oregon. I remember him always telling us that “Oregon is the prettiest place on earth when it’s sunny…both days out of the year.” England is much the same way. In fact, if you’ve ever been to any city in the coastal Northwest (Portland, Seattle, San Francisco) then you already have a pretty accurate example of British weather.
Just take Portland, add some old buildings, subtract the hippies, and voila! You’ve got yourself a typical English city!
Since the weather in Great Britain rarely moves beyond the ever-present drizzle, meteorologists communicate the daily forecast in terms of varying degrees of cloudiness. For example, instead of saying that tomorrow is “slightly cloudy” they characterize it as either “black cloud” (very very rainy), “dark gray cloud” (very rainy), “gray cloud” (normally rainy), “light gray cloud” (slightly less rainy), or the relatively happy “white cloud” (not quite as rainy). It’s actual a very scientific system.
The moral of the story? Keep an umbrella with you at all times. Nine times out of ten it will rain.
There is an upside to this bad weather if you’re a girl. You know all that time you spend curling, straightening, and otherwise primping your hair each day? Well, in England it’s absolutely pointless! No need to make more than minimal effort on your hair if it’s just going to get damp and frizzy minutes after you walk out of the house, so save yourself some time and monetary investment. Don’t try to fight it; just embrace the messy hair look. Walk past the shiny straighteners and hair equipment you see at the store and just opt for a brush and a headband. Done.