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Total sunshine hours in England 2015-2020

The monthly hours of sunshine in England follows a similar pattern each year, with the longest durations occurring in Spring and Summer. During this period, the longest duration of sunshine was May of 2020, at 299 hours. This was more hours of sunlight than the UK average.

Gloomiest cities

The United Kingdom has some of Europe's gloomiest cities. Birmingham, London, and Manchester average around 1,400 hours of sunshine a year, whilst in Scotland, Glasgow averages just 1,203 hours of sunshine. This makes it the cloudiest city in Europe with a population of more than one million.

Overcast and rainy

  In addition to low periods of sunshine, England is also susceptible to precipitation. Between 2014 and 2019, the greatest number of days in which more than 1mm of rain fell was 23.2 in January 2014. The driest month was June 2018, when there was just 2.7 raindays. This was almost seven less raindays than the previous year.

Monthly hours of sunshine in England from 2015 to 2020

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October 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January 2015 to September 2020

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