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British Summer Time: Experts reveal THIS is the sunniest time to holiday in the UK

BRITISH weather is notoriously unpredictable, however, experts have revealed that there is a month that is sunnier than the rest – and it’s not when you’d expect.British Summer Time is a novel concept for Britons as sunshine in this country is never a guarantee.However, with UK staycations growing in popularity, knowing which month presents the highest chance of sunshine could make the difference between soggy toes and ice creams on the beach.The school holidays fall in August, as a result, this is a popular time for summer getaways.This is also the time of year that holiday providers and airlines rake up their prices, catching the majority of holidaymakers as they head for some European sunshine.Yet, with the pound to euro exchange rate suffering amid Brexit uncertainly, many British travellers are choosing to holiday slightly closer to home.In fact, figures released by VisitEngland showed that 26.2 million holidays trips across England were taken between January and July last year.This is a six per cent increase from the same period in 2016. So when is the best time to book?

A recent study, carried out by Weatherquest and commissioned by Pimms, suggests that on the contrary to popular belief August is not the month with the highest guarantee of sunshine.From analysing four decades of weather data, May was found to be the best time of year to holiday in the UK.The data showed that May gets on average 194 hours of sunshine. This is more than any other month of the year.May is also the driest month of the year receiving 54mm of rainfall each year while traditional holiday month August, gets an average of 67mm of rain.Although July and August are considered the warmest months of the year, a staycation in May offers the highest chance of some sunshine.Peter Harrison, the chief commercial officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages, told the Express.co.uk: “You can never be too sure when it comes to British weather, and that’s especially true this year with our snowy start to spring.“We shouldn’t be given such a bad reputation for all-round wet weather though – if you look at reports from previous years, May and June are typically dry months in the UK, closely followed by July and August which are usually our warmest months.”Although May is so far proving to be the safest option for UK travellers, this is not a guarantee of dry days.  Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said: “It is true that May is on average sunnier and drier than August.”However, he then went on to add: “But that only tells us half the story.Original Source

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