Heard on the Hill

Rainy Monday Blues? It’s Normal

Records rains in Washington could be messing with your emotions

Will this rain ever end? (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Try to keep your head up, Washington.  

This record-breaking rainy May isn’t over yet. And if you're feeling down, there's a reason for it.  

Temple University psychologist Frank Farley said rain can mess with emotions.  

“When it rains relentlessly, it can have an effect on people,” he said.  

And Washingtonians may be having a harder time.  

“If you’re in a place like Washington, D.C., which doesn’t have the rainfall of London or Seattle, you’re not used to it,” said Farley, a former president of the American Psychological Association.  

There have been 20 rainy days since the beginning of May. And if you needed an umbrella on the way to work Monday, that will make 21. The District even broke a record in May — 15 consecutive days of rain.   

“Compared to your baseline of everyday life … this suddenly interferes with that,” Farley said. “All of a sudden you find that your schedule is being screwed up.”  

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Blue skies last Friday may have tricked you into believing that the rain streak was over. But then came the weekend downpours — just when you could actually get away from your desk.  

So far, the weather hasn't translated into more business for therapists in the D.C. area. Several said that it's business as usual.  

On the bright side: the forecast calls for the rains to stop on Tuesday.  

But wait for a later forecast before you get the bike out. For now, rain is supposed to return on the weekend.  

And here's the real bummer: May is typically  the best month in D.C. and should have been a nice break from the snowy winter we've had .  

It’s the month when people hit the running trails, throw a Frisbee on the Mall and hang out sunroofs — knowing that the dense, suffocating humidity of the summer is just around the corner.  

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