In this paper, we discuss the possibility of using the daily sunshine duration or the daily sunshine duration over day-length data instead of daily global solar radiation in order to develop a Typical Meteorological Year, TMY2, for localities with abundant data of daily sunshine duration. The analysis is done using the latest methodology proposed in the literature. The number of coinciding months is about 40% when daily sunshine duration or the daily sunshine duration over day-length data is used instead of daily global solar radiation as one of the parameters in obtaining TMY2. Such a relatively low figure is probably due to the unreliable solar radiation data recorded by Robitzch-type actinographs used in the present work. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.