Last month was Britain’s brightest calendar month on record, the Met Office said on Monday, beating the previous record in 1957.
The UK national weather service says there are 266 hours of sunshine in May. The previous record was 265 hours, set in June 1957. It was also the driest record in the UK, with only 17% of the average rainfall for that month.
It was also the brightest spring in the United Kingdom on record, the Met Office said, with 626 hours of recorded sunlight, far above the previous high of 555 hours set in 1948.
“Sunlight figures for spring will be even more extraordinary for summer and only three summers will beat spring 2020 for sunlight hours,” Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Center, said in a statement .
“The main reason for dry and sunny weather is the extended period of high pressure centered on or near to England. This has suppressed the development of clouds and rainfall in the UK, while allowing plenty of sun to reach the surface. ”
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