Are you one of those people who suddenly get a splitting headache as soon as it starts to rain? Or do you think that’s a load of bullsh*t?
Well, it’s an actual thing and as Britain experienced a lot of rain on Tuesday, a lot of people started complaining about their headaches but it’s not actually got anything to do with the rain itself.
It’s all about the pressure in the atmosphere and if the pressure is low then people often suffer from headaches.
Researchers studied more than 7,000 patients diagnosed with headaches in one medical centre in Boston between 2000 and 2007. At the same time, they also scoured National Weather Service data to monitor fluctuations in temperature, humidity and barometric within 3 days of each patient’s visit. They found that an increase in temperature increased the chances of getting a headache and the risk of getting a headache increased by 6% with every 5-millimetre drop in barometric pressure.
— SB (@sambrown162) July 11, 2017
This rain ain’t no joke like it gave a real bad headache 🤕
— Rianna Saunders (@qveen_rianna10) July 11, 2017
So what does that actually mean?
When you look on the weather report, if you see the letter ‘L’ it means Low pressure, so you could be about to get a headache. Low barometric pressure can cause headaches by a difference in pressure in your sinuses that are filled with air.
Why is it connected to rainy weather?
Low pressure is associated with thunderstorms.
If you imagine being on a plane that increases and decreases it’s altitude, you’d suffer with ear and head pain.
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