24 Rainy Manchester Problems

Bring your brolly.

1. When you check the weather forecast and it looks like this.

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2. Every day.

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3. You can’t go out on your own balcony without a brolly.

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4. Or for a lovely stroll down Deansgate.

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5. In fact you may as well just surgically attach one to your hand.

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6. And pray that it’s not so windy this happens.

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7. If you do get sun, it doesn’t last more than a few minutes.

It was sunny 10 minutes ago, how can it now be raining?! #manchesterproblems

— Dan Cressey (@dancressey)
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Its gone from being Sunny to a monsoon in the space of 20 minutes. Oh the tropical climes of Manchester! #PissingItDown

— Shaun Plummer (@SPlummer87)
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8. Or everything happens at once and you don’t know whether you should be wearing suncream or a raincoat.

Welcome to tropical Manchester, where sun shines and rain bounces. Be sure to wear suncream so you don't burn while you drown. #storm

— Dan Marsh (@ClaymoreDog)
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9. You have to find imaginative ways to dry your shoes after coming in from the rain.

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10. And your socks.

I just love knowing by the time I get to work, I'll have to dry my socks under the dryer in the toilet #mancproblems #stayclassy

— Paul Corry (@pcorry76)
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11. Eventually you accept that any footwear that isn’t wellies will get ruined.

Definately the wrong shoes to wear in manchester #pissingitdown

— James Daniels (@el_melocoton)
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@froovyjosie That's what Market Street is for. CHEAP SHOES. It's Manchester - you can only wear shoes <5 times before the rain kills them!

— Lorrie Hearts (@LorrieHearts)
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12. And you’ve basically given up on any hairstyle that’s not “windswept”.

It's impossible to cultivate and wear a proud afro hairstyle in Manchester! My inner Angela Davis spirit is thwarted by endless rain #sponge

— Ruth Ibegbuna (@MsIbegbuna)
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13. You start feeling sorry for tourists who didn’t get the memo.

Listening to tourists in Manchester...... "It I'll stop raining soon" ....Mmmm not been before have you! #pissingitdown

— Urban_Savage71 (@Urban_Savage71)
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14. But you’re used to it now, so you don’t have too much sympathy.

Some things don't change #Manchester #pissingitdown #mcfc

— Beth Dicken (@xxBeeeexx)
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15. Especially for this guy.

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16. This is what you consider summer.

So True #Manchester

— Adam Mills (@Number1Adam)
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17. Sometimes this happens.

Well thats something you don't see every day, a half naked man playing the violin on his balcony in the rain! #Manchester #Random

— Anthony Hilton (@TruthfullTony)
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18. And this.

Weathers rubbish in #Manchester today :o( Rain with more rain to come..Roll on summer! Stay dry everyone lol

— UKpetcam (@Ukpetcam)
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19. Walking down the pavement without being poked in the eye by someone else’s brolly is a challenge.

It's #manchester and it's #rain

— Bingley Life (@bingleylife)
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20. You’re constantly looking for things to shelter under.

The rain did not stay away!!! Under a tree for now. #busking #Manchester #fyfeforlife

— Aaron Fyfe (@aaronfyfemusic)
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21. Beer gardens become huge puddles.

We've got some special guests making the most of the weather! #manchester #rain #ducks #oasthouse

— The Oast House Mcr (@TheOastHouseMcr)
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22. You worry you’re actually starting to like the rain.

I pull into the city, the skies darken, the rain begins. It's good to be back. #Manchester

— Clark Nova (@beatniksalad)
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Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, raaaaaain!!!!! #Manchester

— The Lucky Rainbow (@TheLRainbow)
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23. You even miss it when you go away.

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24. Because, honestly, it feels like home.

It might rain for 360 days of the year and be cold and miserable but there's no place like home. #manchester

— Jefferson (@SchlBoyCouture)
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Never change, Manchester.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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