It's Official. We're Sunnier than Jersey
News | Published: Jan 31, 2020.
Latest statistics have shown that Jersey’s claim to be the sunniest place in the British Isles is in doubt, with data from 2019 suggesting that the sun shines more on Guernsey.
The Met Office at Guernsey Airport recorded 1,875 hours of sunshine during 2019 and the figure at Jersey Airport lagged behind at 1,781 hours.
However, Jersey has another recording site at the elevated Fort Regent leisure centre, and at this spot 2,298 hours of sunshine were recorded.
Fort Regent is high up on the south coast of Jersey and has far-reaching views to the horizon which would boost figures at the beginning and end of the day. It has raised the question of whether Jersey is being a bit cheeky in using the Fort Regent figures and not its airport data.
The marketing strap line of ‘sunniest place in the British Isles’ has been hugely successful for the "other island". However, by comparing like with like at the two airports, Guernsey emerges as the clear winner in the sunshine stakes.
Deputy Joe Mooney is the tourism lead on the Economic Development committee. He thought it was an interesting analysis and added that Guernsey already had a very authentic offering.
"Guernsey people are definitely much warmer and we’ve got sunnier personalities".