PLEASE NOTE: The file format described below refers to the Met Office Land Surface data (1900-2000) dataset which has been superseded by the Met Office MIDAS dataset (1853-present) at the BADC.
A list of UK stations for which the BADC holds .hsun files is available (.hsun stations).
The file name convention is (STATION_NAME)(YEAR).(MESSAGE_TYPE).(FILE_EXTENSION)
These .hsun files contain sunshine duration measured during
the hour ending at the specified time.
Year of first hourly sunshine data is 1980.
-999 indicates a missing value.
The first line of the data file are the fields headers (which are detailed in the table below).
The fields in the .hsun data files are :
|MET_DOM||Meteorological Domain||3||18-28||-||Message types|
|MON||Month||5||36-43||-||1 or 2 characters (from 1 to 12)|
|DAY||Day||6||44-51||-||1 or 2 characters (from 1 to 31max)|
|TIME||Hour||7||52-59||-||Hour of observation from 0 to 2300|
|SUN_DUR||Sunshine duration||8||60-68||0.1 hour||See Met Office documentation|