Aberdeen, located on the north east coast of Scotland, is often referred to as "The Oil Capital of Europe". The oil industry is a big attraction for workers from many overseas countries. Of course one of the key things most people want to know about is the climate.Generally, Scotland is cloudier than England and no area can equal the sunshine durations of the Channel coast. However, on the whole, the differences are quite small if places of similar geographical location are compared. Taking the year as a whole, the eastern side of the country has the higher average sunshine. The relatively high latitude of Scotland means that, although winter days are very short, this is amply compensated by long summer days with an extended twilight. On the longest day of the year there is no complete darkness in the north of Scotland, and sports such as tennis and golf can be played for at least an hour longer than in the south of England.
The following graphs will give some ideas about the climate. After the graphs there are a number of pictures taken around the city.
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