Moray tops the national chart with record October sunshine

Spectacular - a record breaking October for Moray (pic: Linda Crowther)
Spectacular – a record breaking October for Moray (pic: Linda Crowther)

OCTOBER WILL NOT be easily forgotten in Moray as the coming of Autumn was delayed by sunny days that saw the region top the UK weather charts.

Met Office figures released this week has shown that the weather monitoring station at Kinloss recorded 128.5 hours of sunshine through last month – the highest level recorded anywhere in the United Kingdom.

It was also the highest sunshine total for October ever recorded in Moray – just beating the previous 128.3 hours on the record books from 1959.

A spokesman at the Aberdeen Met Office said: “Kinloss was the UK’s sunniest place – but there was a station in Northern Ireland just a few hours behind.  In terms of temperatures it was slightly milder than normal on the whole – but not by a large amount, with the north of Scotland 1.5C above the average for October.”

By comparison Aberdeen Airport logged 104 hours of sunshine while at the Aviemore monitoring station the total was a mere 88 hours.  However, the warmest place in the UK was in neighbouring Aberdeeshire, where a high of 22.7C was recorded at Braemar.