Record December 2001 sunshine

This December had the highest ever England & Wales sunshine value, since the series began in 1909, with an average of 2.60 hours per day. This is 183% of the 1961-1990 average. The table below shows this year's value and the previous five highest values.

Year England & Wales sunshine value
(hours per day)
England & Wales sunshine value
(total in hours)
2001 2.60 80.6
1962 2.10 65.1
2000 2.06 63.9
1946 1.90 58.9
1976 1.85 57.3
1967 1.82 56.4

For further details on the sunshine values, see the December 2001 summary.

The table below shows the initial December values (based on data available on 2 January 2002), the highest previous values/year, the amount of days reported for the month, how far they were breaking their record, or if they have broken their record.

Where stations have broken their records, the figure in brackets represents by how many hours they have beaten the record by, and the table has been sorted in that order.

Station name Sunshine
value
(hours)
Days of data Highest previous sunshine value for December Year of highest value Information on data used Difference from record
Isle of Portland 108.2 30 79.6 1997 Data back to 1967. New record (28.6)
Yeovilton 92.5 30 64.9 1983 Data back to 1983. New record (27.6)
Beaufort Park 89.3 31 66.8 1999 Data back to 1971. New record (22.5)
Bastreet 96 31 74.3 1997 Data back to 1974. New record (21.7)
Heathrow 93.3 31 75.3 1999 Data back to 1957. New record (18.0)
Brize Norton 86.2 31 69.1 1999 Data back to 1973. New record (17.1)
Jersey Airport 116.7 31 100.1 1962 Data back to 1957 (1958 missing). New record (16.6)
Ronaldsway 82.4 31 67.3 1962 Data back to 1957. New record (15.1)
Manchester Airport 74.9 31 61.2 1964 Data back to 1949. New Record (13.7)
London Weather Centre 87.2 31 74.0 1999 Data back to 1965. New Record (13.2)
Aldergrove 78 31 70.1 1935 Data back to 1930. New Record (7.9)
Carmoney 54.4 30 47.1 1978 Data back to 1974. New Record (7.3)
Camborne 92.8 26 86.2 1997 Data back to 1978. New Record (6.6)
St Mawgan 103.2 31 97.5 1997 Data back to 1955. New Record (5.7)
Guernsey Airport 103.0 30 98.5 1962 Data back to 1960. New Record (4.5)
Fair Isle 35.3 30 31.1 1996 Data back to 1974. New Record (4.2)
Aspatria 59.4 31 59.3 1996 Data back to 1979. New record (0.1)
Aviemore 34.9 31 39.1 1995 Data back to 1982. 4.2
Culdrose 77.4 31 82.7 1997 Data back to 1960. 5.3
Lerwick 31.2 31 40.9 1996 Data back to 1930 (1972 missing) 9.7
Stornoway 44.2 30 56.5 1995 Data back to 1930. 12.3

Last updated: 11 February 2013