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As temperatures drop across the country this month, many may be looking for the sunniest spots for a weekend getaway. A study by Cofton Holidays has found that Brighton in East Sussex is the destination to visit for the best chance of sunshine.

UK weather is notoriously unpredictable, but travel experts at Colton Holidays have analyzed Met Office data to see which UK destinations have the most reliable sunny climates.

They studied the latest weather reports from the UK’s most popular holiday destinations and found that Brighton is the sunniest place in the country with an average of 1,891.75 hours of sunshine per year.

Brighton beach attracts thousands of visitors each summer and one, @wendyanddavid536, left a review on Tripadvisor explaining: “A very long beach, great for walking, lots of places to eat and drink, many activities for children.

The visitor also recommended The Lanes, which she described as a “fascinating old quarter” in Brighton.

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She explained: “A great place to wander the narrow winding streets with a fascinating mix of old shops and restaurants.

“Very old pubs and a few modern shops (a bit out of place). Lots of good places to eat and drink.”

Brighton, one of the country’s most popular places to stay, was followed by Torbay, Devon, Bristol and Cornwall.

The study also looked at the top destinations for the coolest weather and found the Yorkshire Dales to be the region with the lowest average maximum temperature.


The Yorkshire Dales, with an average temperature of 10.81°C, were followed by the Scottish Highlands with 11.23°C, and the seaside resort of Scarborough with 11.46°C.

London is the hottest destination with an average annual maximum temperature of 15.75°C, followed by Torbay, with 14.92°C, and Devon, with an average of 14.67°C.

Holidaymakers looking for the best chance of showers should head to Snowdonia (2697.13mm) and the Lake District (1862.91mm).

The Scottish Highlands followed with an average rainfall volume of 1,862.91mm.

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The least rainy cities are London (562.86 mm), York (646.93 mm) and Nottingham (715.57 mm) where the average volume of precipitation per year is the lowest.

Chris Jeffrey, Director of Cofton Holidays, commented: “It’s understandable that people are choosing to stay closer to home. However, the shift to staycations is part of a larger trend that started during the pandemic.

“It’s nice to see more and more regular guests in Cofton who have fallen in love with a UK holiday all over again.

“And of course we are delighted to see that our glorious corner of Devon is consistently one of the hottest and sunniest every year.”

The 10 sunniest holiday destinations in the UK:

1. Brighton (1,891.75 hours of sunshine)

2. Torbay (1,737.19 hours of sunshine)

3. Devon (1,665.49 hours of sunshine)

4. Bristol (1,658.27 hours of sunshine)

5. Cornwall (1,606.89 hours of sunshine)

6. Blackpool (1,591.58 hours of sunshine)

7. Bath (1,581.99 hours of sunshine)

8. Liverpool (1,572.53 hours of sunshine)

9. York (1,557.12 hours of sunshine)

10. Scarborough (1,557.12 hours of sunshine)

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