It’s been an uncharacteristically miserable week here weatherwise in Brisbane considering it’s the middle of summer. It’s been dull, dreary, damp, rainy, grey and if I didn’t mention it already, dull.
Dull, dull, dull, dull, dull.
It has also been hot though, which is why I know it is not England. But Australia is supposed to be a sunny place, isn’t it? Here’s a really sunny day in Melbourne…
But this dull weather we are experiencing at the moment has been going on and on for a while. I’m sure it’s been dull for at least a week now, it may even be 10 days or so. It starts to bring you down, that’s why I decided to do this today…
England Versus Australia: Sunny Days and Hours
That title is slightly misleading, because I don’t have any information on “sunny days” from England, but I do for Australia and that means we can put this country’s major cities into a league table and see who tops the sunny chart.
I found all this information on a fascinating weather website and I’ll give you a link to that later on. But first let’s find out which Australian cities are sunniest.
These statistics are based on information gathered from 1981 to 2010 and to clear things up, a ‘sunny day’ is where cloud cover is 25% or less when measured at 9 AM and 3 PM on the day, and a ‘partly sunny day” is where cloud cover is between 25% and 75% at those same two times.
Total sunny days are the two added together.
Australia’s capital cities:
Fascinating figures; Perth just pinches it from Brisbane at the top and despite Hobart’s miserable return of just 44 ‘sunny’ days in the year, Melbourne still manages to come bottom of our major cities in the sunny league.
For the record, the sunniest city in the whole list was Rockingham, Western Australia, with 286 total sunny days in the year; Rockhampton, in Queensland came second with 272.
These are the total number of sunny hours per year in these cities for each country…
- Perth – 3212
- Townsville – 3139
- Darwin – 3103
- Brisbane – 2884
- Canberra – 2811
- Adelaide – 2774
- Cairns – 2738
- Sydney – 2592
- Hobart – 2263
- Melbourne – 2079
- Eastbourne – 1888
- Exeter – 1747
- Newquay – 1743
- Ipswich – 1682
- Oxford – 1578
- Blackpool – 1567
- Lowestoft – 1559
- Grimsby – 1540
- Cambridge – 1495
- London – 1481
That is the top 10 sunniest cities in England out of the 16 on their list. Bottom, for those who want to know, was a place called Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales with just 1143 sunny hours a year. Manchester gets 1416 and Birmingham 1364 hours of sun per year.
As you can see, England’s sunniest place is quite a way behind Australia’s least sunniest.
There. That’s cheered me up.
As I mentioned before, I got these figures from a really interesting website. It has more information about worldwide weather than you can shake a stick at. It’s called currentresults.com and you can see the pages I got my information from here; UK sunshine and Australian sunshine, although they didn’t have any “sunny hours” figures for Melbourne, so I got the figure I used from melbourne.climatemps.com/.
I’m off for a beachy weekend on Friday, this dull weather can’t continue for THAT long, can it? We shall see.