Monthly hours of sunlight in UK 2014-2018

Total monthly hours of sunlight in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2014 to 2018

by Ian Tiseo, last edited Jun 24, 2019
Monthly hours of sunlight in UK 2014-2018 In the period of consideration, the total monthly hours of sunlight in the UK followed a similar pattern each year. The most notable change occurred in 2018, when the hours on (of) sunlight shot up in May, June and July to 246, 240 and 238 hours respectively. Unsurprisingly it was the end of each year when sunlight hours were lowest.
Little sunshine throughout the day

The average annual number of daily sun hours has seen little change since the turn of the century, with the lowest average number being recorded in 2012 at 4 hours and the highest average being 4.9 in 2003. Instruments such as the Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder are used to measure sunshine duration. However, more modern equipment is now being used as the Campbell-Stokes recorder overestimates sunshine duration.

England gets the most sunshine

  Although sunshine is not a common sight throughout the United Kingdom, on average England receives the most monthly hours. Since 2014, the longest monthly duration of sunlight was recorded in June 2018, at an average of 248.5 hours. In comparison, Scotland received just 220 hours of sunshine in the same month.
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Total monthly hours of sunlight in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2014 to 2018

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Number of hours
Dec '18 37.6
Nov '18 63
Oct '18 113.2
Sep '18 134.1
Aug '18 147.4
Jul '18 237.6
Jun '18239.9
May '18246
Apr '18132.6
Mar '1885
Feb '1895.6
Jan '1848.7
Dec '1745.3
Nov '1771.1
Oct '1772.7
Sep '17109
Aug '17155.5
Jul '17168.7
Jun '17155.7
May '17208.3
Apr '17158
Mar '17 119.7
Feb '17 55
Jan '17 55.1
Dec '16 40.7
Nov '16 74.7
Oct '16 105.3
Sep '16 119.9
Aug '16 181.7
Jul '16 156.4
Jun '16 136.5
May '16 209.6
Apr '16 160.8
Mar '16 117.3
Feb '16 84.9
Jan '16 37.1
Dec '15 29.2
Nov '15 35.6
Oct '15 91.2
Sep '15 157.8
Aug '15 148.8
Jul '15 160.6
Jun '15 189.7
May '15 174.4
Apr '15 212.9
Mar '15 121.9
Feb '15 76
Jan '15 58.5
Dec '14 57.1
Nov '14 51.9
Oct '14 82.8
Sep '14 123.3
Aug '14 171
Jul '14 223
Jun '14 178.4
May '14 149.6
Apr '14 144.9
Mar '14 126.7
Feb '14 75
Jan '14 42.8
Number of hours
Dec '18 37.6
Nov '18 63
Oct '18 113.2
Sep '18 134.1
Aug '18 147.4
Jul '18 237.6
Jun '18239.9
May '18246
Apr '18132.6
Mar '1885
Feb '1895.6
Jan '1848.7
Dec '1745.3
Nov '1771.1
Oct '1772.7
Sep '17109
Aug '17155.5
Jul '17168.7
Jun '17155.7
May '17208.3
Apr '17158
Mar '17 119.7
Feb '17 55
Jan '17 55.1
Dec '16 40.7
Nov '16 74.7
Oct '16 105.3
Sep '16 119.9
Aug '16 181.7
Jul '16 156.4
Jun '16 136.5
May '16 209.6
Apr '16 160.8
Mar '16 117.3
Feb '16 84.9
Jan '16 37.1
Dec '15 29.2
Nov '15 35.6
Oct '15 91.2
Sep '15 157.8
Aug '15 148.8
Jul '15 160.6
Jun '15 189.7
May '15 174.4
Apr '15 212.9
Mar '15 121.9
Feb '15 76
Jan '15 58.5
Dec '14 57.1
Nov '14 51.9
Oct '14 82.8
Sep '14 123.3
Aug '14 171
Jul '14 223
Jun '14 178.4
May '14 149.6
Apr '14 144.9
Mar '14 126.7
Feb '14 75
Jan '14 42.8
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by Ian Tiseo, last edited Jun 24, 2019
In the period of consideration, the total monthly hours of sunlight in the UK followed a similar pattern each year. The most notable change occurred in 2018, when the hours on (of) sunlight shot up in May, June and July to 246, 240 and 238 hours respectively. Unsurprisingly it was the end of each year when sunlight hours were lowest.
Little sunshine throughout the day

The average annual number of daily sun hours has seen little change since the turn of the century, with the lowest average number being recorded in 2012 at 4 hours and the highest average being 4.9 in 2003. Instruments such as the Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder are used to measure sunshine duration. However, more modern equipment is now being used as the Campbell-Stokes recorder overestimates sunshine duration.

England gets the most sunshine

  Although sunshine is not a common sight throughout the United Kingdom, on average England receives the most monthly hours. Since 2014, the longest monthly duration of sunlight was recorded in June 2018, at an average of 248.5 hours. In comparison, Scotland received just 220 hours of sunshine in the same month.
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