Sunny Days: England Versus Australia Compared

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…

the-city-as-viewed-from-docklandsYes, they do get them, more on that in a minute.

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:

Sunny Cities AustraliaFascinating 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.

Sunny hours

These are the total number of sunny hours per year in these cities for each country…

Australia:

  • Perth – 3212
  • Townsville – 3139
  • Darwin – 3103
  • Brisbane – 2884
  • Canberra – 2811
  • Adelaide – 2774
  • Cairns – 2738
  • Sydney – 2592
  • Hobart – 2263
  • Melbourne – 2079

England:

  • 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.

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  • Ozbloke36 November 4, 2016, 6:00 pm | Link

    Rockhampton is more a town than a city 😛

    Also Rockingham, Western Australia has 286 Total sunny days, beating Rockhampton 🙂

    • BobinOz November 4, 2016, 6:59 pm | Link

      I owe you an apology Ozbloke36, you are correct, Rockingham did come top with 286 hours. Not sure how I missed that and awarded the sunniest city to Rockhampton instead. I have now amended that line in the above post to reflect that, thanks for pointing out.

      And yes, Rockhampton is more like a town, but it does call itself a city as quite a few do. Brisbane was once referred to as more of a town than a city, but I think we are over that now 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

      • Ozbloke36 November 4, 2016, 11:11 pm | Link

        All good Bob, I spent a winter in Germany and had to come back early, couldn’t stand the lack of sunshine, got so depressed. Never had seasonal depression here in Australia lol

        Love the site, keep up the good work!

        • BobinOz November 7, 2016, 5:43 pm | Link

          Germany, I suspect, is not much different from the UK and I was the same, it was easy to be depressed back in England. I’m ok here though. Cheers, Bob

  • Lucas Arlidge October 16, 2016, 3:50 pm | Link

    If you want real figures please use the bureau of meteorology website.

    The only place in the Melbourne area that currently measures sunshine is the airport site. Average yearly amount is 2372 hrs.

  • Sash June 15, 2016, 3:44 pm | Link

    Great article but stretches of sun and the days they fall on is key here. Its not for lack of sun as Spring, Summer and Autumn have see lovely weather in the UK. Its the fact that most of these days seem to more often than not present themselves on weekdays rather than weekends !!!!

    Stats on what days and what hours are sunny. ie. useful sunshine (for the majority of us that work weekdays). That would be really interesting to compare to sunny downunder!

    • BobinOz June 15, 2016, 11:43 pm | Link

      Ah, yes, I’d kind of forgotten about that; it always seems to rain on the weekends in the UK doesn’t it? The fact that I’d forgotten may give you a clue that it doesn’t happen so often here in Australia.

  • djmcbell January 16, 2015, 12:55 am | Link

    Eastbourne – England’s sunniest place?

    Well that makes me want to top myself.

    • BobinOz January 21, 2015, 1:48 pm | Link

      Don’t do it djmcbell.

      Djmcbell? Hello?

      • Hilary February 9, 2015, 10:21 pm | Link

        Hey djmcbell, have to give a thumbs up for Eastbourne. It’s a great place, very sunny, the start of the beautiful South Downs, good property which is way cheaper than Brighton its close neighbour. Sussex by the Sea, take a look sometime!

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