May 2020 – Sunshine

Most of the headlines about the UK weather in the media are about it being the sunniest spring on record, that’s because it’s not the sunniest May on record for the UK as a whole – but it’s the record game they play when they want a splash headline so find the next best thing. There’s no doubt regionally, in the gridded data series across the south, new records for May will have been been set. Thirteen of the UK SYNOP stations reporting sunshine had totals in excess of 300 hours in May, but Hurn remained on top with 339.5 hours, the highest total since sunshine records began there in 1959, not bad when two days in May were virtually sunless.

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