The weather in England is very changeable. A fi ne morning can change into a wet afternoon and evening. And a nasty morning can change to a fi ne afternoon. That is why it is natural for the English to use the comparison “as changeable as the weather” of a person who often changes his opinion about something. The English often say: “Other countries have climate, in England we have weather”. The English also say that they have three variants of weather: when it rains in the morning, when it rains in the afternoon or when it rains all day long. The weather is the favourite conversational topic in England. When two Englishmen meet, their fi rst words will be: “How do you do?” or “How are you?” And after the reply: “Very well, thank you, how are you?” the next remark to be about the weather. The best time of the year in England is spring though it rains in spring too. The two worst months in Britain are January and February. They are cold, damp and unpleasant. The best place in the world then is at home by the big fi re. Summer months are rather cool and there can be a lot of rainy days. So most people who look forward to summer holidays plan to go abroad for the summer. The most unpleasant aspect of English weather is fog and smog, especially in London. Cars move along slowly. People cannot see each other. They walk along the houses touching them with their hands not to lose their way.