Preston is officially England’s GLOOMIEST city

Posted on - 21st October, 2014 - 2:43pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Clouding over once again in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Clouding over once again in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Hot on the heels of Preston being ranked as England’s wettest city we can now reveal we are also the gloomiest.


Preston gets fewer hours of sunshine in a year than any other English city or town.

Compared to the rest of the United Kingdom we don’t fare well either, only Belfast, Armargh, Inverness and Glasgow get less sun than us Prestonians.

If you’re in the tourist office of Preston, we apologise unreservedly for this Met Office-based assault on any attempt to paint Preston as the Costa Del Preston.

(de)Preston would be closer to the truth when it comes to our weather, as the Met Office say we get 1,309.9 hours of sunshine on average per year. That’s just 3.6 hours on average each day.

Research of Met Office figures by the Trinity Mirror Data Unit, of the average hours of sunshine for UK cities, uses figures from 1981 to 2010 from hundreds of weather stations across the country.

The sunniest place in the UK is Portsmouth, which has 1,792.2 hours of sunshine a year. 482.3 hours of sunshine more than Preston.

You can use the table below to sort the places and see how Preston compares.

Feeling suitably depressed about living in Preston? While we might be wandering around in the gloom we use that time very well, check out 16 excellent things Preston gave the world or the fact the city was ranked as one of the happiest places to live in the UK.

What do you think about the Met Office data? Does Preston’s weather get you down? Let us know in the comments below

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