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Bring me sunshine

Published: 28 February 2008
Provisional figures released today by the Met Office show that the UK has recorded the sunniest February since the UK-wide record began in 1929.
Bring me sunshine
Sunshine totals for the month up to and including February 27 reveal that UK-wide the figure for the month was 106.1 hours, beating the previous record set in 1970 of 94.4 hours.

Around the UK national and regional records fell with England and Wales setting new national records for February.

Figures for Northern Ireland and Scotland have not beaten their previous sunshine records.

The UK, England and Wales have all had one of the sunniest winters since records began in 1929.

The Met Office said: "Tomorrow marks the end to the meteorological winter and, once again, mean temperatures across the UK are on course to exceed the long term average."

The provisional UK mean temperature for the winter (December 1 – February 27) is 4.8 °C, which is 1.1 °C above the long-term average.

Despite some wide variations during the winter, rainfall totals for the UK have been above the long-term average, the Met Office added.

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