Hurricane Bill/British Climate
This is the scene I'm looking out on. It's a wet, windy afternoon, not unfamiliar to those who have experienced an English summer. I'm going out soon so it's mildly annoying - even more so for those who have packed the English seaside this summer. Yet in a way this shows just how lucky we are in (most) of the UK when it comes to climate.
Now some of you enjoying traditional images of summer might find this a little strange. So do many people here longing to be in the world's sunspots. But having a mild climate has a major upside. In return for dull skies (most of the year) and over-use of raincoats we avoid most of the extreme weather that really does damage.
This rain is comes from Hurricane Bill, which has limped across the Atlantic. Obviously we'd be happy if it avoided us completely but our inconvenience can't compare with the terrible destruction it has caused elsewhere.
So does England have the ideal climate? I'm not sure that many of you would agree. And there are plenty of places I'd prefer to be right now. But, in the broader scheme of things, there's no real justification for what we British love to do when it comes to our weather - complain!
upside - advantage, benefit
limp - move slowly and with difficulty
broader scheme of things - in terms of the overall situation
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