Europe is suffering one of the darkest winters on record as heavy clouds due to low pressure systems across the continent have made sunshine short in supply.
The 10.5 hours of sun was recorded at Uccle weather station in Begium in December made the month second darkest since 1887 when the measurement began. Only 2.45 hours of sunshine was available at Lille in France in the first half of January.
Moscow got only six minutes of direct sunshine in December, far lower the previous record low of three hours, set in 2000.
Poor sunshine often affect people’s health and productivity by creating seasonal depression, according to health experts. This leads to lack of energy, sleepiness and a consumption of greater quantities of sugar and fat, according to a report on The Guardian.