With the weather forecast getting warmer and warmer, many are opting to stay inside, with some saying it is “the perfect weather”.
But is it really the best for the country?
Read more:The Scottish Government has revealed that in the month of February, the number of people who were indoors for longer than a week in Scotland increased by 15%.
In fact, this is the second highest increase for the entire month, with the number going up by 11% on the same period in 2017.
The figures were announced at the first of the three annual Winter Environment Week events, which is taking place across Scotland in the lead-up to Christmas.
The increase comes on top of the increase in the number who have been outdoors for more than six months, with more than 9,000 people now living outdoors.
“It’s not just people choosing to stay home, it’s also the fact that we’ve seen a rise in the numbers of people going out in winter in Scotland,” said Scottish Environment Minister John Swinney.
“We’re seeing a real reduction in the amount of time people spend outside.
We know there’s a real number of older people in Scotland who don’t feel like going out but they don’t want to be outside for more periods of time, so that’s one of the things that we’re working on.”
It is estimated that people living in Scotland spend an average of around 50 hours a week outside, while those aged 55 and over spend an extra 30 hours a year outside.
Swanney says it is encouraging to see the number in Scotland shrinking over the winter.
“This is an indicator that we are beginning to see that it is a very good time to be out in Scotland, as it’s really cold and we’re experiencing an increasing number of outbreaks of cold-related illness,” he said.
“It really shows how good the health of the people in our country is.”
What are the major reasons people stay indoors?
The Scottish government has been able to take advantage of the increased winter weather to see a decrease in the need to stay in.
The number of homes in the country that were occupied more than 6 weeks during February is now at its lowest level since April, with a total of 4,835 people in those homes.
However, while people are spending more time outside, there are some factors that have led to an increase in people staying indoors.
“I think it’s a little bit of both,” said Swinneys assistant chief executive, Richard Scott.
“First of all, there is the fact, we know that in terms of the number and the number on the street, people are choosing to be outdoors a little more.
Secondly, there’s also a lot of people in terms of the health problems that they’re experiencing, which can be exacerbated by the cold.”
Scottish Health Scotland, which works with communities across the country, said there were many other factors contributing to this, including the lack of sunshine and a lack of indoor activities.
“Our health services have a number of ways in which we can help reduce the need for people to be indoors, so people are being able to get outside and socialise more often and get some exercise,” said Dr John Brown, the chief medical officer of health at the health service.
“So it is probably not just the weather that is contributing to people staying out.”
What is winter weather?
The temperature in February was currently around -3C (-4F), with a wind chill index of up to 10.
The average minimum temperature for the month was 4C (9F), but the average maximum temperature was 26C (77F) and the maximum for the day was 35C (92F).
Winter weather can affect the health in two different ways.
Heatstroke Heat stroke is a serious illness that can affect your ability to work or to have any type of social contact.
This can lead to:A loss of your appetiteA dizzinessA loss in your ability to walk or even walk on your ownFor the most part, heat stroke is treated by using cool air in the lungs and circulatory system.
However, if the symptoms are not treated, the symptoms can persist and can lead to other serious health problems.
“The main way that heat stroke can develop is through air-conditioning,” said Mr Scott.
“When people go outside, they may be exposed to the cold and if that air conditioning breaks down, then they can become very ill.”
People are not always aware that the air in their home can be as hot as it is outside, so if they don and they get the heatstroke symptoms, that can be very serious.
“Other things that can cause heat stroke include being exposed to cold, being in the heat too long, and being outdoors for too long.
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