Press Release

February 14, 2014

Undercover Lovers - Valentine’s Day survey by The Weather Channel U.K. reveals that Brits feel most amorous snuggled up indoors

-         Sleepless in Seattle’s chilly New York meeting voted favourite weather related romantic movie moment –

-         A cosy log fire is the nation’s favourite romantic setting –

-         U.K. men most likely to remember the state of weather during their most memorable romantic moments -

London, 13 February 2014: The Weather Channel U.K. has today revealed the results of its Valentine’s Day survey, which investigated the U.K.’s views on weather and romance.

The study found that almost half of U.K. adults surveyed (44%) feel most romantic when it’s raining outside and they are snuggled up indoors. Both male (36%) and female (47%) respondents considered this type of rainy situation a romance igniter, over a hot summer (21%) or freezing cold winter (4%).

More than half of respondents (55%) chose cosying up in front of a log fire as their ideal romantic setting, agreed on by the majority of both men (48%) and women (59%). It seems the majority of the U.K. prefers to be loved-up nestled indoors rather than outside in the sunshine, with only 10 percent choosing a picnic in the park as their favourite set-up for romance.

However, the survey also revealed that the hot weather and sunshine can create more memorable passionate moments, as 30 percent of U.K. adults revealed that it was bright and sunny on the most memorable romantic moment of their lives. Surprisingly, double the amount of women (20%) than men (10%) have no recollection of what the weather was like during their most passionate moment.

When it comes to weather-centric romantic moments in film, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ first meeting in chilly New York in Sleepless in Seattle is voted the favourite by U.K. adults (19%). Although the results show a divide in generation; a third of 65 – 75 year olds (33%) chose the classic American rom-com whilst 39 percent of 18 – 25 year olds voted for the passionate moment in The Notebook, where Rachel McAdams jumps into Ryan Gosling’s arms in the rain, to take the top spot.


Relationship expert Susan Quilliam said: "These results are fascinating and absolutely reflect the psychology of romance. When we're in love we want to be alone with our sweetheart - so we retreat indoors, away from the elements, secluded and intimate.

“We also like a romantic setting, a log fire that not only warms us and lights the scene sympathetically, but also its flickering light triggers our brains into an altered state making us feel peaceful, relaxed, just right for snuggling.

“Why favour rain for romance? We like a clear contrast between the glow of passion and the misery of the weather outside.  For a real sense of being wrapped in our lover's embrace, give us shelter from a downpour. All that said, the upbeat feeling that comes with arousal goes well with the warmth and brightness of sunshine so it's not surprising that we remember our sunlit moments of passion more than we do the drearier ones.

“Equally unsurprising is the difference in gender memory. Men major on what they see and sense externally, women focus on internal emotion. Which is likely why, in our most romantic moments men remember the weather - while women are too engrossed in their loved up feelings to register rain or shine!"

Leon Brown Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Channel U.K., said: “Well, after this wet winter there may be a baby boom!

“The weather for Friday is fairly typical of what we have been used to. The best of the weather will be early on in the south with more very wet weather spreading north across southern England to Wales and Midlands in the afternoon and evening. Some snow for a time over the higher ground in Wales and over northern England later in the evening. It’s just Scotland staying mainly dry and colder. There will be a very wet evening across central and Southern England and strong southerly winds developing over southern coasts too. Best stay in and cuddle up by the fire for a romantic evening!”

Key stats:

  • 55% chose being in front of a log fire as the most romantic setting
  • 44% feel most romantic when it’s raining outside and they are snuggled up indoors
  • 30% revealed that it was bright and sunny on the most romantic moment of their lives
  • 30% opted for a sandy beach
  • For 10% it is a picnic in the park
  • 5% preferred a walk in the rain


Top Ten romantic weather moments in film

  1. Sleepless in Seattle: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan first meeting at the top of the Empire State Building on a chilly New York night 19.5%
  2. Bridget Jones Diary: Bridget and Mark Darcy snog  in a snowy London street 18%
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell’s love declaration in the rain 15%
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard embrace in the rain after they find Cat 13%
  5. Room with a View: Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter kiss in an Italian Poppy field 10.5%
  6. From Here To Eternity: Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr get steamy on the beach 9.5%
  7. The Notebook: Rachel McAdam  jumps into Ryan Gosling’s arms for a rainy kiss 8%
  8. Groundhog Day: Bill Murray completes the perfect day by presenting Andie MacDowell’s character with an ice sculpture portrait 3.5%
  9. Say Anything: John Cusack braves an the  Autumn chill to get  Ione Skye’s attention by standing on a car to blast out a love ballad from his  boom box 2.4%
  10. Spiderman: Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst upside down rain kiss 1.5%


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