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Sunshine (from France) on a rainy day (in the UK)

Posted on 16 December 2008 by Dan Johnson

A claim often heard around Charente Maritime, and peddled by the siblu team, is that the region has its own micro-climate which brings as much sunshine as the sunny south.

Well, France’s weather service recently reported on the phenomenen and confirmed that the region really does have its own micro-climate.

By measuring the hours of sunshine across France, they concluded that the stretch of coast just north of La Rochelle to Royan, so taking in siblu’s Les Charmettes, La Pignade and Bonne Anse Plage holiday parcs, is the sunniest on the Atlantic coast.

The reason for this is given as a clash of weather systems from Mediterranean and Scandinavia climates.

The report finds that the area averages more than 2,000 hours of sunshine every year, which isn’t quite enough to keep pace with the Mediterranean regions of Languedoc and the Cote d’Azur.

But at the risk of repeating myself: Charente Maritime has its own micro-climate that makes it the sunniest region on the Atlantic coast.

Three cheers for micro climates!

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