From apps to chats: Brits check weather 11 times a week, says new study

A survey of 2,000 adults found the classic British stereotype of always talking about the weather is true, with the subject coming up five times in a typical day


A survey of 2,000 Brits has confirmed the age-old stereotype that we can't stop talking about the weather, with the topic cropping up five times a day on average. The study found that we spend nine minutes each day discussing the temperature, sunshine or rain, which adds up to an hour every week. On average, adults will check the weather forecast 11 times a week using an app, TV or Google, and post seven weather-related comments on social media weekly.

The poll was commissioned by Warner Bros. Pictures to mark the release of the film Twisters, hitting cinemas from 17th July. Film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell and Anthony Ramos, along with director Lee Isaac Chung, gathered in London for a photocall against a stunning London landmark backdrop.

Daisy Edgar-Jones commented: "As a Brit, I know we love to talk about the weather. But finding out that we spend five months of our lives chatting about it is incredible, though not surprising." The research revealed that 86 per cent of Brits prefer to discuss the climate face-to-face, while 36 per cent choose the phone and 23 per cent opt for text.

While nearly a fifth (18 per cent) will bring up the weather during a video call or meeting. The top reasons those surveyed believe people enjoy talking about the weather are that it's an easy ice breaker, a neutral subject and simply part of British etiquette. The most common phrases Brits use to strike up a conversation with strangers are 'lovely day isn't it?', 'the sun's finally co.