While wet weather may make us feel gloomy, it sharpens the memory and improves our recall, psychologists say.
But those who feel in a good mood because it’s a sunny day are able to remember less well, according to memory tests carried out by Australian researchers.
Professor Joe Forgas, who led the research, said: ‘It seems counter-intuitive but a little bit of sadness is a good thing.
‘People performed much better on our memory test when the weather was unpleasant and they were in a slightly negative mood. On bright sunny days, when they were more likely to be happy and carefree, they flunked it.’