WE ALWAYS complain about the weather in this country and now we have a good reason - it's costing us money.
Swansea is officially Britain's wettest city and rain costs people living there a staggering £582.4m a year.
The huge cost of soggy skies comes in cancelled events, ruined clothes, extra washing bills and increased heating costs.
Falling rain even puts people out of work with ice cream sellers, clothes manufacturers and events organisers all hiring and firing depending on the weather.
New figures from the meteorological office based on the past 20 years show that an average 1,360.8mm (53 inches) of rain falls in Swansea each year.
It gives Dylan Thomas's "ugly, lovely" city the dubious distinction of holding the title of being Britain's wettest city.
And 40 miles east, Cardiff is Britain's fifth rainiest city with an average rainfall of 980mm. The rain costs residents in Cardiff an estimated £79.8m a year.
The figures have been unearthed by the manufacturers of Comfort Fast Dry fabric conditioners who hired researchers to look into which parts of the UK were the wettest and what effects it had.
Their figures show that Britain's rain costs the country £9.5bn a year in total.
Each person in Britain is said to be £260 worse off every year because of rain.
The researchers have multiplied the figure by each city's rainfall and its population.
Yesterday, Swansea artist Paul Durden who co-wrote the cult movie Twin Town with actor Kevin Allen, said he was not surprised at Swansea's new status.
He said, "There's an old saying in Swansea which goes, 'If you can see Mumbles Head it is going to rain - if you can't, it is raining'.
"Having said that I don't know if we get a lot more rain than anywhere else.
"One thing I do know though is that Swansea has a magnificent beach it never uses.
"A lot of other towns on the coast, like Hastings for instance, have shops and restaurants spilling onto the beach.
"We've got a prison and a big council building."
When First Minister Rhodri Morgan was told of Swansea's new status as Britain's wettest city he remarked, "It will put Swansea on the map... the weather map."
Weather expert Derek Brockway said, "The good news for South Wales is that while it is relatively wet the winters are mild.
"Winds blow mainly from the west bringing plenty of cloud and rain in off the Atlantic but not too much cold weather.
"Swansea and Gower avoid most extremes of heat or cold being protected by the Carmarthen fans, the coalfield plateau and the ranges of the Brecon Beacons.
"For example, Swansea's lowest temperature on record was -10 degrees Celsius on January 26, 1945 and on the same night Cardiff felt the brunt of a -16 degrees Celsius chill."
Manchester, the butt of many rain jokes, is in fact only the ninth wettest city in Britain.
Even so, the residents there have to meet the hefty £653.5m cost of leaden skies.