Sunniest place in Britain named

A quiet residential road in Eastbourne has been officially named the sunniest place in the whole of the UK: Burton Road in Eastbourne sees an average 1,934.5 hours of sunshine in 12 months, an impressive 42.8% more than the 1,345.9 hour average.

The news was announced this week in The Telegraph after energy firm HomeSun carried out research to find out which areas had the most suitable homes for solar power.

With GMTV naming Eastbourne as the sunniest place on mainland Britain on national TV last summer, the latest news comes as a further boost to Eastbourne’s top sunshine status.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Cllr Neil Stanley said “What fantastic news to hear more evidence of our brilliant sunshine status! We have already been told we’re officially the sunniest place in the country but to hear we also have the sunniest street in Britain with sunshine hours way above the average is great news and yet another reason to visit our beautiful town. Summer might be over in the rest of the country but in Eastbourne, I’m sure we still have plenty of sunshine hours to look forward to over the coming months!”

BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish, who lives in the town, told the Daily Telegraph that the shelter of Beachy Head gives Eastbourne a unique microclimate meaning year round sunshine.

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