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UK’s sunniest winter holiday hotspot named as Northern Ireland – over 4000 hours of sun

Though the UK might not promise winter warmth akin to holidays abroad, it does still have plenty of gorgeous locations for a staycation in the colder months. If you’re someone who enjoys long walks and the great outdoors, or simply hopes to throw open the curtains to a cheerful day, new data has named the UK hotspots which offer the most sunshine between November and February.

While the current lockdown regulations in England currently ban any form of staycation, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, a domestic holiday may still be an option for residents in certain parts though this varies depending on regionalised rules.

However, there are hopes that the lockdown regulations will soon be loosened to allow for some UK exploration before spring arrives.

New data, collected by Citysuites, dove deep into decades worth of archives from the Met Office to flag the best places for sun-seekers.

Calculating the hours of sun each weather station received from November through to February, revealed than Northern Ireland is the best place for those keen to brighten their days up with a golden glow.

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Hot on the heels of the East was the South West of England, which basked in 2918 hours of glorious winter rays.

The South East of England saw 2877 hours.

Yorkshire saw 2651 hours, Wales 2619 and the West Midlands 2593.

The Met Office data included in the round-up did not include weather stations for North West, North East and London due to incomplete data.

However, up North, it seems the sunny hours are limited and cloudy days may be rifer, with Scotland seeing the least winter sun hours – a reported 2218 hours of sun.

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