A study has found that for more than half of us, conversation turns to our climate at least once every six hours.
A quarter of us deem the topic of such interest that we use it as an icebreaker.
Our obsession with the weather runs so deep that almost 70 per cent of British people check the weather forecast at least once a day.
And the fascination appears to increase with age, as more than 80 per cent of over-55s seek out a daily forecast, compared to 42 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.
Foreign observers are often quick to gloat that Britain’s unpredictable and often wet weather is the cause of our fixation, however, only 44 per cent of those polled agreed.