Weather: here are the 20 sunniest cities in France

Where should you live to be sure to tan? The ranking of the 20 sunniest cities in mainland France has been unveiled.

It was created by Futura Sciences from data collected by MétéoFrance. This list shows that not all regions are equal when it comes to sunshine: a resident of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) enjoys 7h50 of sunshine per day, compared to only 4h17 for a resident of Saint-Brieuc (Côtes of Armor).

Unsurprisingly, it is in the south that we find the sunniest cities. The first place is occupied by Marseille and its average of 2,858 hours of sunshine over the year, just ahead of Toulon (2,839 hours) and Ajaccio (2,756 hours). Nice (2.724) and Montpellier (2.668) occupy the fourth and fifth position.

Tenth place is surprising: it goes to La Rochelle which, with its 2,106 hours of sunshine per year, is ahead of Tarbes (16th) and Biarritz (20th).

Here is the full ranking:

1. Marseilles (Bouches-du-Rhone)

2. Toulon (Var)

3. Ajaccio (South Corsica)

4. Nice (Alpes Maritimes)

5. Montpellier (Herault)

6. Bastia (Upper Corsica)

7. Perpignan (Pyrenees-Orientales)

8. Montelimar (Drome)

9. Carcassonne (Aude)

10. La Rochelle (Charente Maritime)

11. Grenoble (Isere)

12. Bordeaux (Gironde)

13. Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)

14. Lyon (Rhone)

15. Bourg-Saint-Maurice (Savoy)

16. Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrenees)

17. Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dome)

18. Limoges (Haute-Vienne)

19. Poitiers (Vienna)

20. Biarritz (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The number of hours of sunshine has increased over the years, notes Futura Sciences.

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