The Met Office today issued a warning that holding your head up high when you walk through a storm is 'bad advice'.
Spokesperson Fiona Moffatt said: 'Our computer modelling, together with anecdotal evidence, shows that holding your head up high whilst walking through a storm is counterproductive, and is likely to lead to getting soaked to the skin.'
'Not being afraid of the dark whilst walking through the storm may also produce carelessness, and could lead to personal injury.
'And whilst walking on through the wind, and walking on through the rain, is not dangerous in itself, it should only be undertaken when wearing adequate protective clothing and using a sturdy umbrella.
'Neither should it be assumed that you will never walk alone under these conditions - most people with any sense will stay indoors until they see a golden sky and hear the sweet silver song of the lark.'