Eastbourne wins again in top sunshine stakes

EASTBOURNE is claiming the distinction of being the sunniest place in the country after being named by The Daily Telegraph as having the most hours of sun during February.

Despite a cold and snowy start to the month and a general decline in sunshine across the UK with an average of just 64 hours during the month, Eastbourne’s microclimate meant the resort has again taken the accolade.

Sheltered by the South Downs and enjoying a protected spot on the Sussex coast, Eastbourne recorded a whopping 78 hours of sunshine last month – 14 hours more than the national average.

Eastbourne Borough Council tourism spokesman Steve Wallis said: “February was a bright month for Eastbourne and it’s good news for the resort that it continues to be named as the sunniest town in the country.

“Always known for being the sunshine coast, these latest statistics are testament to the microclimate we enjoy.

“While places further inland are subject to more stormy weather, Eastbourne benefits from a brighter outlook, making it a great destination for visitors during 2009.”

The latest report comes after Eastbourne was officially named as sunniest place in the UK by a Halifax Quality of Life Survey in 2007.

Beating off competition from the likes of Bournemouth and Bognor, the resort took the title with an average 3.46 hours of sunshine a week.

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