Our ideal bank holiday? A washout... so we can be lazy! More than half of us secretly want it to rain so we can binge on box sets and stay at home 

  • More than half of us secretly wish for a washout so we can laze about
  • Survey for Met Office of 2,000 adults found they opted to watch box sets
  • Other top reasons for hoping for a washout weekend include saving cash  

With a bank holiday weekend approaching, you'd think we'd keep everything crossed for sunny weather.

But more than half of us secretly wish for a washout – so we can laze about around the house instead. 

Some 54 per cent of us would rather it poured down so we can stay in our pyjamas and binge on TV box sets, a survey of 2,000 adults for the Met Office suggests. 

Some 54 per cent of us would rather it poured down so we can stay in our pyjamas and binge on TV box sets, a survey of 2,000 adults for the Met Office suggests

Some 54 per cent of us would rather it poured down so we can stay in our pyjamas and binge on TV box sets, a survey of 2,000 adults for the Met Office suggests

Other top reasons for hoping for a washout weekend include saving money or indulging in a film-watching marathon.

The poll also found 42 per cent of us have used terrible weather as an excuse not to attend a social event, with more than a quarter – or 26 per cent – dodging a meeting with friends. 

Some 22 per cent used the same pretext to skip shopping and 11 per cent avoided seeing their partner's family by invoking the threat of poor weather.

Clare Nasir, Met Office meteorologist and presenter, said: 'Ahead of the bank holiday, most people around the UK will be talking about their hopes and plans for a long, sunny weekend.  

The poll also found 42 per cent of us have used terrible weather as an excuse not to attend a social event, with more than a quarter ¿ or 26 per cent ¿ dodging a meeting with friends

The poll also found 42 per cent of us have used terrible weather as an excuse not to attend a social event, with more than a quarter – or 26 per cent – dodging a meeting with friends

'But our research shows that secretly, many hope for a washout so they have an excuse to do nothing.

'We want to help people to make the most of the weather, whatever it's doing, whether they're hoping for sunshine or showers, so that they can plan accordingly.

'With one in 10 people finding weather apps the most useful type of app, everyone can now check the latest and best weather updates when it matters via our new app.'

The survey by Opinium Research was released to coincide with the launch of the Met Office's new mobile weather app.    

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