A report released by the University of Oxford this week shows that people are more likely to spend time outdoors when the weather is cool and sunny.
The researchers also found that people spend more time outdoors during the day than when it’s cooler and rainy.
The study was commissioned by the City of London and surveyed over 1,000 people in three cities – London, Manchester and Birmingham.
It was based on data from the UK Met Office’s weather forecasting system.
The research found that the majority of people who responded to the survey had been outdoors on more than one occasion.
The average was four times, and the average for outdoor activity during the month was four days a week.
In contrast, the average time spent outdoors on average during the winter was one day.
“There is a big difference between people spending time outdoors and being outdoors,” said Dr Joanna Storck, lead researcher and senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health at Oxford.
“The reason is that the weather can vary so dramatically over time, depending on the type of weather, the time of year, and your mood.”
So if you are going out, if you feel it is cold and rainy, and you have got to go outside, then it might be that you are more willing to spend a few hours outdoors in the hope of cooling down.
“She said people who were more likely than others to be outdoors in warmer months were those who had been away from home.
The survey also found the weather could be unpredictable, with a majority of respondents saying they had not been in the same area on a regular basis in the past year.
The University of Manchester found the opposite trend.
It found that only about one in three respondents had been outside in the summer months and only around half of respondents said they had been out in the winter.”
This study has been conducted with a very limited number of people, so it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions about the long-term impacts of climate change on the UK,” Dr Stork said.”
But the findings suggest that the longer we wait to act, the more likely we are to be out in nature at some point in the future.
“Dr Storks work focuses on the relationship between health and weather.
She said there was a significant gap between the people who live in areas with warm climates and those who live elsewhere.”
People living in colder climates have higher rates of obesity, higher rates at higher risk of diabetes, and lower life expectancy,” she said.
Dr Stoork said the study was based around a simple measure of weather in one city.”
It does not capture the complexities of climate and health impacts in more complex cities, which could include the impact of local air pollution, traffic congestion and air quality,” she explained.”
In our research we have used data from a single year to capture the climate in one year.
This allows us to compare weather in a city to climate in another.
“Dr Smeeth said the results were very interesting.”
We have got a lot of new knowledge about the way climate affects health,” she added.”
However, as with any scientific work, there is still a lot we don’t know about the underlying causes of climate impacts.