Climate has a big effect on the food we eat, the energy we use, homes we live in, work we do (and how we travel to work), our culture and heritage and the way we spend our spare time. It can even affect our health, from sunburn to allergies to respiratory illnesses.
The bright, warm and sunny summer months can encourage people to take more exercise and eat more healthily. However, in winter many vulnerable and elderly people in Scotland often spend much of the winter indoors to avoid the cold, snow and ice. Céilidh music and dancing was traditionally practised indoors during the winter months. Many thousands of people jet off for holidays each year in search of sun and warmth and to escape the changeable and wet climate of Scotland.