The weather in Scotland varies area to area. Due to the Gulf Stream, a flow of warm water from the Gulf of Mexico, the West Coast has a relatively stable climate with mild winters and warm summers. Generally the western half of the country is warmer, the east cooler. Summer temperatures in Scotland average 20ºC and while on some winter day’s temperatures will fall below freezing; the winter average is around 7ºC.
Further north, the weather is relatively colder allowing winter skiing and snowboarding on Scotland's renowned ski resorts. Contrary to popular belief, it is rare to have heavy snows in the centre of Glasgow in winter.