It’s true: the UK is getting sunnier

The UK is becoming a brighter and sunnier country, according to scientists at the University of Sheffield.

Figures show the amount of sunlight in the UK has been increasing every year, with 2011 ten per cent brighter than 2010.

Solar experts have been able to map out the sunniest spots in the country, revealing Portsmouth as the UK’s city with the most sun in 2011.

The top ten sunniest recordings were taken at St Athan near Cardiff, Ramsgate in Kent, the Lleyn Peninsula in North West Wales, Camborne in Cornwall, around Bangor, near Swansea, London and Bournemouth International Airport.

The statistics were processed by Dr Alastair Buckley, of the University of Sheffield´s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and his team.

Dr Buckley said: “We started the solar farm project about 18 months ago and have been collecting solar panel data from the public for about a year. At the moment we have more than 200 people donating data.”

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