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Eastbourne is Sunniest Place Again!
Eastbourne is officially the sunniest place in the country after being named by The Telegraph as having the most hours of sunshine 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 February, Eastbourne’s unique microclimate meant the resort has again been named as the sunniest place in the country. 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 Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr 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. Whilst places further inland are subject to more stormy weather, Eastbourne certainly benefits from enjoying a brighter outlook, making it a great destination for visitors during 2009.”

The latest report in Sunday’s Telegraph 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, Eastbourne took the title with an average 3.46 hours of sunshine a week.

Eastbourne’s history of record breaking sunshine continues to make it a top holiday spot for tourists with over 4 million visitors each year.

With the cost of travelling abroad rising and BAA reporting last week that passenger numbers are falling, Brits could be looking to make the most of the sunshine that the UK offers this year.

As Eastbourne is currently placed top of the country’s sunshine charts, the resort is well placed to attract UK tourists during 2009 and offer sunshine that rivals its overseas counterparts.
05 March, 2009

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