Londoners have lost hundreds of pounds this season as 2019’s ‘Sun-predictable Summer’ has taken its toll, laying waste to our best laid plans and causing increased expenditure on weather-related items.
The report commissioned by fair online casino PlayOJO revealed the economic impact of the weather on 2,000 Brits, as well as gathering their more emotive thoughts on the unpredictable summer. Financially, as Boardmasters Festivalgoers will attest, 70% of those in London have lost money as a result of weather affected cancellations and worse still, 36% of people in London admitted to losing over £100 as a result.
For most London residents (69%), the cancellation of planned events was the biggest reason for the loss of money. The most cancelled event this summer was BBQs/Garden Parties with 33% of people in London having to rearrange, sporting events (18%) and birthdays (22%) were also events that fell apart due to poor weather.
In addition to this, the volatile weather has also had a detrimental impact on the holiday plans of those from London as nearly a half (49%) revealed that they have had to cancel their trips either at home or abroad as they were unable to get to their destination due to weather related flights or trains cancellations
However, it is not just cancellation costs that have hit us in the pocket – but also spending more on weather-related consumer goods. Nearly six in ten (57%) of London residents said they had to shell out for extra wet weather supplies to combat the summer’s chaotic climate. According to the report, 57% of people in London have spent an average of £54.78 this summer on additional wet weather supplies.
The report also suggests that those in London are not just suffering financially, but our relationships and well-being are also negatively impacted by the weather. Over three quarters of London residents (79%) agreed that poor weather has a drastic effect on their mood with a further 60% noticing an increase in arguments with friends, family, or partners when the weather is bad.