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The other day, I went out to the supermarket at around about dusk. At this time, it was almost but not quite dark, there were dark heavy clouds covering the whole sky, and it was fairly chilly. In other words, the weather was perfect. That is, the weather was perfect if you're me. I just feel naturally comfortable and at ease in that sort of weather in a way that I don't when it's hot and sunny. I do recognise, however, that I probably hold the minority viewpoint on this one.

But it got me thinking: why do people like warm weather? I can understand why people tend to react well to sunlight since it's useful for production of things like serotonin and vitamin D. But the thing about warmth has me fairly baffled. At first I considered metabolic reasons; lizards like to keep warm because it allows them to metabolise quickly. But no, we're homeotherms (warm blooded), and large homeotherms at that. If my understanding is correct then it's actually easier for us to keep warm enough when it's cool than to keep cool enough when it's warm. So that rules that out. Then I considered that maybe warm weather could be good because it means that there's less likely to be a snap towards the extreme cold, but that doesn't really hold either. A lot of the time, conditions that cna give rise to very warm weather can also give rise to very cold weather (continental areas on a seasonal basis, or lack of cloud cover on a daily basis). I had a few other thoughts that I can't remember now, but none of them seemed to fit, for one reason or another. The only reason I could think of that made sense to me was that maybe people like warm weather because other people who like warm weather told them that it was good.

But then I figured that I was going about things the wrong way. How can I possibly hope to understand the underlying causes of something like this when I don't even have any knowledge of the proximate causes? So I have a question for those of you who like warm weather: why do you like it? What's good about it? How does it make you feel? (OK, that's three questions.) Because for me, it makes me lethargic, uncomfortable and grouchy, and I'm quite sure that can't be why it's possible.

And of course, if anyone has any actual knowledge or insight on this subject that isn't based on blind guesswork, then that would be appreciated too.

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I like when it's warm because I don't have to put on many clothes. Also, when it's warm, I can put on skirts and dresses, which I like. When it's cold I tend to wear jeans or something like that, which I don't like. :)

It's an evolutionary reason. When it is warm, people wear less clothes, which will increase the probability of mating. Therefore people who naturally prefer to be in warm places are more likely to reproduce leading to their dominance over cold seeking humans :-)

I can't help wondering if it's social conditioning... If you disagree when people make remarks like "Isn't it a lovely sunny day?" they tend to think of you as weird. People in general don't like being different, which seems to explain a great deal of illogical behaviour.

As far as blind gueswork goes, I suppose warm weather is good news for things like agriculture, which may be a historical factor.

This is all assuming a UKish temperate climate, of course. The rules are bound to be different in more extreme environments.

I like the way things look in the summer; I have a lot of good memories made during summers; and I can step out onto my apartment balcony, or take the trash out, without putting on 56 layers of clothing.

It depends on what you mean by "warm". I like to wear as little as possible, so low 20s is great. I feel comfortable and energized. 30-35 is unpleasantly hot, find an air conditioned corner and hide. Below about 10, the wind can get unpleasant. I actively dislike weather cold enough that I have to cover my ears for warmth, because that reduces my perceptions of the world; hoods are worse, because they cut out peripheral vision as well. But I suspect you're talking about cool weather, not the -10 that I get many winters or the -25 that Montreal sometimes has.

My only other thought is that we're an African species: most of our evolution was in warm climates, so even those of us who live where it snows every winter may still be adapted to prefer warmth.

I live in England. We just don't get extreme weather of any sort in England. I don't think I've ever known it get as low as -10 or as high as 35 here. I generally tend to start getting uncomfortable at around about 20, and become almost entirely non-functional a little bit above 25. I'm probably most comfortable around the mid teens.

It's also really bloody humid here. I know people from considerably hotter climates who can't stand low 20's in Britain because they're so sweaty and sticky in a way they never were in 30C at home.

I think most cases of 'liking warm weather' are really cases of 'liking sunshine'.

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Well, I can honestly say I prefer fall because it's (somewhat) cooler than spring and summer. I don't like the heat, but I don't like cold, either. It's easier to put clothes on than strip your skin off. The heat makes me grouchy and lethargic like you, and all sweaty too. Ick! Of course, that's here in Houston, in good ol' 99+°F summers. If I lived someplace more "temperate" or with a better/moderate climate, then I might like what little heat there is.

I hate the heat and the light; my body thermostat is set to *hot* anyway and I melt from April to mid September, I'm fine in the gap before the central heating goes on, and then I melt again until the spring switch off. My eyes don't like sunlight. I am photophobic and glare gives me headaches. Just call me gizmo, but feed me after midnight.

My point is this - either we're both weird in the same way, or we're both normal (FAGVO etc.) and it's the rest of the world who don't make sense.

I would always rather be too cold than too hot. I can warm up in an instant under normal circumstances, but being too hot is pretty much unavoidable most of the time.

I like warm weather because I have almost no ability to keep warm. I get cold when no one else does. Cold drinks leave me shivering on warm nights. I use blankets even in the summer. My grandfather once yelled at me when I asked people to roll up the windows in the car because I was cold, he said it was summer and warm so how could I possibly be cold? But I was cold.

This is, I admit, a bit of a freaky reason to like warmth, but I do a lot better with warmth than cold. Except, of course, when it gets quite hot and then I dehydrate and get faint and collapse unless I'm careful. Mainly, I like indoors and climate control technology like air conditioners and heaters.

It could be a lizard thing. Just because humans don't need heat, doesn't mean that bit of us that evolved from reptiles ever managed to get updated.

Humans generally don't like cold weather, nor hot weather, but warm weather - I guess because we burn up the least fuel in warm weather - cold = we burn a lot more fuel (i.e. food, fat, sugars etc) to keep ourselves warm, so we tend to wrap up. As for hot weather, not sure, maybe the body don't want to lose too much salt/sweat? *shrugs*

That said, some people prefer cool weather (10 degrees) than warm (20-30) - I'm the latter, my mum's the former. Maybe it all depends on metabolism that relates to my first paragraph?

reasons summer is good:

the laundry dries when you hang it up, instead of mildewing.

no pesky snow getting in the way of rollerblading. however heat exhaustion does get in the way, so i prefer dry spring/autumn temperatures really. rollerblading in mud isn't fun either.

bills are lower in summer! I don't have air conditioning and I can tolerate being uncomfortable but the gas bill can sometimes get mighty high in winter and that sucks.

in winter i have to wear this huge coat and my backpack doesn't fit right and my purse always slides off my shoulders. when i'm not wearing a huge coat, but a light spring jacket perhaps, or no jacket at all, i don't have this problem.

I just feel really energised by the feeling of sun on my skin. I don't know if there's any reason for that at all - I just seem to. I have noticed that I seem to have less energy and be more prone to depression at times when it is overcast. I also think that it has a light factor as well as a warmth factor though. I also like very clear winter days when the sun is out. It's not as good as summer because you can't bask in it but still good.

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