English summer rain

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English summer rain seems to last for ages

So in the UK, we’ve gone from horrendously oppressive, sticky weather to thunderstorms and driving rain in the space of a week. I am totally cool with this (and totally cool – any temperature above around 10 degrees is too much for me), and I’m especially enjoying the English summer rain at the moment.

Incidentally, how the bloody hell does the Placebo song, after which this post is named, manage to embody the concept of English summer rain so well?

I suppose weather likes this makes it easy to hygge, even in July. I know you can hygge in the summer, but as an autumn fanatic, I’m pretty much waiting out the next few weeks for September to arrive. I sometimes prefer not to tell people I don’t really enjoy the summer, because it’s hard for most people to understand. Long days! The sun! The heat! And true, I don’t hate everything about it. I like cold bottles of Pinot Grigio in a pub garden, and summer evening walks where you smell heady jasmine and watered plants and the heat rising from the pavement. But really, wild wild weather is what I enjoy in the summer.

As I always say, hygge often comes at the most surprising times. It’s very easy to be disappointed when the weather stops you from doing something you’d planned to do (it rains every single time I want to go fruit picking or eat al fresco), but that’s why it’s good to be adaptable. I hate to say ‘go with the flow’, but really, go with the flow. The weather in Scandinavia is notoriously temperamental, yet the Nordic countries are always ranked the happiest in the world. A bit of wind and rain doesn’t stop the Scandis having fun, and it should be just the same everywhere else. If you’re living in the UK and pinning your hopes on a beautifully sunny summer, you’re going to be disappointed, so we may as well embrace the inevitable storms along the way.


Instead of lamenting the fact the sun has gone AWOL, it’s so much better to think of an unexpected downpour as an opportunity to do something else. There is so much you can do to embrace summer rain – I LOVE walking in warm rain, but even if you don’t, this is the perfect time to check out a new café, go for an afternoon glass of prosecco or mooch around an art gallery (art galleries are so much better when you know it’s raining outside). Or if the weather has thoroughly dampened your mood, take the chance to catch up on some of the shows you’ve recorded and haven’t had time to watch, or flick through a magazine (even if it’s three months since you bought it – yes, I’m one of those), or just crack out that bottle of weird liqueur you ordered online when you were slightly drunk on Christmas Day (yes, I did that too) and invent a new signature cocktail.

English summer rain isn’t so bad, you know.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s awful, I can’t bear it. I can’t get my washing on the line 😉
    (although I do love the smell of rain after a really hot day!)

    1. Hahaha! Yes, there have been a few sprints out to the washing line when the heavens have opened unexpectedly 😉 I love that smell too!

  2. Postivfworld says:

    This weather totally sucks doesn’t it???? I want the sun back!
    I have been really interested in Hygge lately and would like to have a good look into it! It’s actually on my list of things to blog about, so this was interesting for me to read! Thank you!

    1. Ahh I’m so pleased to hear you’re interested in hygge! Please feel free to have a browse of my blog, hopefully you’ll find some other posts that take your fancy 🙂

      1. Postivfworld says:

        I will do for sure! Thank you!

  3. Ben Aqiba says:

    I like rain 🙂
    Great post

    1. Thank you! I’m a fan of rain too – come on autumn!

  4. Helen says:

    I also find summer too hot and look forward to Autumn. I must say, though, that the one thing I really miss about it is reading magazines in the garden. For some reason that’s a thing that only feels right outdoors.

  5. daisymae2017 says:

    Sounds like you went from 1 extreme to another. No middle ground. Hopefully you’ll find middle ground and it won’t be to rainy or hot.

    1. Haha thank you! We had perfectly mild weather here in Brighton, UK here today 🙂

  6. daisymae2017 says:

    Me, I’m a 80 degree person with no humidity.

  7. I loove rain and autumn! It literally can’t come soon enough! It just wish it would last longer!!

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