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August Sunshine Proves Popular
Eastbourne enjoyed excellent sunshine in August, with 284.8 recorded hours of sunshine, well above the 110 year average by nearly 57 hours.
The resort which holds the national record for most sunshine hours recorded in one month, enjoyed 25% more sunshine than in August last year, and looks set to top last years Sunshine League running total by the end of September.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “Despite poor weather in July, we have really picked up extra sunshine over August which has helped boost both sunshine figures and helped visitor enquiries. Last year we narrowly missed out on the UK Sunshine League top spot by a margin of just 4.2 hours, so we stand a good chance of winning the title this year as the UK’s sunniest resort.”

August proved to be a busier month for visitors as Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre saw a 6% increase in visitors compared to last year with over 27,000 walk in’s throughout August and Eastbourne’s new visitor website experienced even more traffic with 27,687 page hits in one day alone.

Website hits also saw an increase for other reasons with a 36% increase in early July as Eastbourne’s Change Your View advertising campaign began on the London Underground. Search engine MSN also reported Eastbourne as one of four resorts in the UK enjoying more search hits amongst Britons than Mediterranean hotspots such as Spain, and cited weather as the most popular search of all.

Council officers are monitoring sunshine hours closely to see if Eastbourne will top the UK Sunshine League, which is based on sunshine hours from May to September.

Last year the resort achieved 1173.2 hours of sunshine from May to September, and 1919.3 hours for the whole year. As of 15th September the resort requires just 49 hours throughout the remaining 15 days of September to top last years figure.
18 September, 2005

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