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Umbrella etiquette: How to avoid the brolly follies

04/09/2015 10:45 EDT | Updated 06/09/2015 05:59 EDT
With Toronto and much of southern Ontario under a rainfall warning, CBC Toronto metrologist Jay Scotland shared with the Metro Morning audience some umbrella etiquette on Thursday morning. 

Toronto could see up to 30 mm of rain in some areas today but it will also be windy. 

"I'm forecasting a 60 per cent possibility of umbrella damage," said Scotland. 

So with a rain-soaked city under and onslaught of April showers, here are Scotland's tips for avoiding "umbrella collisions" and other brolly follies. 

Great for rain. Wind? Not so much "On windy days you're just a danger to everybody else on the sidewalk. Those metal pointy bits in a windstorm? Better to keep the umbrella packed or put on a rain jacket. The umbrella serves no purpose when the rain is falling sideways."

Avoid the "umbrella collision"  "If you're walking down the street and somebody is walking in your direction towards you, you have to adjust your umbrella height. The shorter of the two people should go lower, the taller should go higher but that's really something you should figure out using body language and eye contact."

Bigger is not always better Relates to the point above. On crowded streets a massive umbrella is a collision hazard, warns Scotland. "Save the golf umbrellas for the golf course. The point of an umbrella is to keep you dry, not everybody on a city block."

Not on the seat please Jay advises against leaving that soggy brolly on the seat of a bus, train or those comfy plush chairs at Starbucks. "That just results in somebody getting a soggy bottom. Leave your umbrella on the floor to dry."

Doesn't care for sharing  For Jay, couples sharing umbrellas create moments of awkwardness that rank right down. there with public displays of affection. "I see people sharing tiny umbrellas and it just looks ridiculous."

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