Monthly hours of sunlight in UK 2014-2020

The total monthly hours of sunlight in the UK follows a similar pattern each year. May typically has the highest monthly hours of sunshine, and peaked in 2020 at 265.5 hours. Unsurprisingly it is the end of each year when sunlight hours are 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 isn't the most common sight throughout the United Kingdom, on average England receives the most monthly hours. In recent years, the longest monthly duration of sunlight was recorded in May 2020, at an average of 299 hours. In comparison, Scotland received just 212 hours of sunshine in the same month.

Total monthly hours of sunlight in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2014 to 2020

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Release date

January 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2014 to December 2020

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