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The year 2021 has already started off well in one specific way, according to Western Isles Weather.

Weatherman Richard Cooke reports today (Friday 8 January) that there have already been more hours of sunshine in Stornoway than were recorded in the whole month of January 2019.

Richard said: “We have had over 13 hours of sunshine at the Stornoway Met Office site. In January 2019 we only had 12.9 hours of sunshine for the whole month, which was a weather station record going back 91 years.”

And despite the icy conditions underfoot, many have taken advantage of the bright, clear weather to start winter off enjoying time outdoors.

Pictures that have featured on the Western Isles Weather page at https://www.facebook.com/WesternIslesWeather include these sunny images from Coll Beach (Jonathan Maclean), the Braighe (Lewis Macdonald) and Sollas in North Uist (Rhona Skivington).