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Alderney, not Guernsey, was sunniest

Posted Sun 19th April 2009 at 09:10

Figures from Brian Bonnard's weather station suggest Alderney - not Guernsey - was the sunniest part of the British Isles in March.

Earlier this month came claims that the bigger island was brightest after recording 214.8 hours of sunshine.

But statistics provided by island weather recorder Mr Bonnard indicate that Alderney enjoyed 272 hours of sunshine in March - almost 50 hours more than our sister isle and twice the amount recorded in the same period last year.

Mr Bonnard said: "With a month that was generally agreed to feel cold, we nevertheless had our sunniest March since 1955 and possibly ever.

"Three days with 11 hours and 11 days with ten hours helped towards the massive total of 272 hours - almost exactly double last year and three times the 20-year average."

Statistics for January, February and March suggest Alderney is on course for one of its sunniest years ever.

Mr Bonnard said: "With almost clear skies from sunrise to sunset on 15 days in March, the total sunshine for the first quarter amounted to 482 hours. Only nine years since 1955 recorded more than 300 hours and only two of those had more than 350 hours."

States marketing manager Joanna Parmentier said: "March was wonderfully sunny and hopefully the good weather will convince people to holiday in Alderney this year.

"We're due a good summer weather-wise and with the euro exchange rate being so poor, it is just another reason to give Alderney a chance."

Also in March, rainfall was equal to the 20-year average, while temperatures, wind speed, barometric pressure and humidity were all similar to the ten-year average. See page 36 in issue 918 of the Journal for Mr Bonnard's full weather report.

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