I was not prepared to have such a perspective in Seattle until Chris and I invested in a long rain coat and boots for me. The rain does come often here in Seattle but it goes, too. Then the sun comes out for a while usually.
I've learned to adjust my plans. When I see the sun cutting through clouds, I try to linger an extra minute on a street corner, or stop my bike to read for a couple minutes in the park. If I wait another fifteen minutes, it could get breezy and drizzle.
I take my time outside without rain gear when I can get it. But I can still be outside. I will just need to invent a waterproof book page cover to use after work.