The Sunniest Place On Earth and the Place Where the Sun Barely Shines

When it’s cold, most of us dream about the sun, the beach, and the warmth, but can you imagine a place with 365 sunny days a year? In some cities there’s too much sun, and in others it barely shines. According to the World Meteorological Organization, Yuma, Arizona, is the sunniest place on earth. It has a total of 11 hours of sunlight in winter and up to 13 in summer. This means Yuma experiences an average of 4,015 hours of sunshine per year. At first this sounds fantastic, but it really isn’t that pleasant, since its 90,000+ inhabitants have to combat an arid climate, typical of the Sonora desert, which it forms part of. Rainfall doesn't exceed 7 inches a year and temperatures exceed 104°F practically 100 days a year. It's a furnace that would leave you wishing for a cold winter day. On the other end of the spectrum is Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic between the Scottish coast and Iceland. The archipelago is not suitable for those that can’t handle the cold. The area is battered by strong winds, and fog and cloudy skies are commonplace. Tórshavn only sees around 37 days of sunshine a year. The rest of the time, residents simply wrap up and try to stay warm in a place where the average temperature doesn’t rise above 44º F.