May 14, 2010 / 11:26 AM / 9 years ago

Britons spend months discussing the weather

The London Eye is seen on the South Bank of the River Thames during early morning in central London, August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Weather-obsessed Britons will spend six months of their lives discussing rain, sun and all things related to the climate, according to a survey on Friday.

The findings appear to confirm the traditional adage that the weather is indeed the favorite topic of conversation amongst Britons, beating sport, jobs, or their love lives.

The subject is so popular that 58 percent of Britons will use the weather as an “ice-breaker” when striking up a conversation with a stranger or business acquaintance, the survey by Lloyds TSB Insurance found.

No doubt then, a hot topic for Britons this weekend will be the forecast that the country will finally enjoy a warm spell next week after recent chilly conditions.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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