Met Office in the Media: 23 June 2011

Following a release from E-ON, using date from the Met Office website – Bognor Regis has been crowned one of the sunniest place in Britain.

After studying data from the Met Office, West Sussex has emerged as one of the UK’s sunniest places to live, with 1,902 hours of sunshine every year.  The south coast of England fairs well in the sunshine stakes and the map below highlights some of the sunniest parts of the UK.

Map showing annual sunshine hours for the UK

Map showing annual sunshine hours for the UK

Steven Norman, Renewable Energy Consultant at the Met Office, said: “The Met Office is the primary source of weather information across the UK and our figures dating back many years show that the UK is a far sunnier place than people might think.  For those wanting to find out more about whether solar energy generation would work in their area, we provide a range of services. This includes data sets and maps on solar radiation for your area.”

As both Wimbledon and Glastonbury continue, there is widespread coverage of our forecasts. Both the Daily Mail and GigWise are supporting festival goers by embedding our YouTube forecasts into their stories, ensuring that revellers have access to the latest forecast so that they can make the most of the festival.  Yesterday at Wimbledon, as expected several hours play was lost due to rain. Showers are forecast again today with a 60% risk of showers interrupting play. Of course this means there is still a 40% chance that play won’t be interrupted. Later in the evening it looks like the shower risk will decline leaving a drier end to the day.

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