Watch out for the rain, dear.


“Due to adverse weather customers are advised to take extra care on the station concourse”.

When did “rain” become “adverse weather”?  I enjoyed the wet weather yesterday. The vegetables in my garden appreciated the relief. I didn’t meet anybody who was complaining about the welcome showers in London where residual heat from the last few weeks is still making life uncomfortable.

“Adverse weather” should be reserved for genuinely disruptive phenomena, like snow in the cricket season and tornadoes in suburbia. Weather that is normal for our temperate island home – like rain, high winds and the occasional warm sunny spell – does not merit hyperbole.

A more sensible announcement would be: “please take care because the rain has made the floor slippery”. Although, as I stepped carefully across the glistening tiles, I wasn’t sure that an announcement was really needed.

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