Sunshine

Lock down week 1

It’s been quite a week one way or another, what with the Corona Virus lock down and then most of England and Wales seeing seven straight sunny days. It’s been no wonder people have been tempted to go out and try and get some of that spring sunshine,...

Sunshine totals since Saturday

Six sunny days with between ten and twelve hours of sunshine each day across many parts of England and Wales, with another sunny day to come, which is highly likely to be the last. Weybourne in Norfolk is top of the IONA sunshine table for the last six...

Much of a muchness

I see Scotia Myopia is still alive and kicking down in Exeter. As far as I know you are allowed to use 280 characters in a Tweet these days – so why leave out the northwest Highlands and Islands? I wouldn’t mind so much if the statement they...

Recent hourly sunshine

It’s interesting to look back at the hourly sunshine totals of the last three days. Saturday’s sunshine was affected by the large amounts of thick high cloud that was around. The dearth of sunny skies in the north and west of Scotland has gradually pushed the yellow bands...

The sun has got his hat on

Well the sun might have got his hat on over England and Wales at the moment, but not in Scotland or Northern Ireland. I never realised until now that a line of the lyrics from the Sun has got his hat on, from what I’ve always considered to...

Latest March sunshine figures

Aberdeen is still at the top of the sunshine table for March in the UK, with 102 hours up until yesterday (21 March). Don’t forget Aberdeen was also the sunniest place in February. The increase in sunshine across the northeast of Scotland might just be another unexpected side...

UK Sunshine 1929 – 2020

Over the last couple of days I’ve posted charts of temperature (1884-2020) and rainfall (1862-2020) for the UK from the freely available gridded data series from the Met Office. So I thought I would complete the series by taking a closer look at sunshine since 1929 by means...