Monday 24 October 2016

It's official: July was one of the wettest on record

A tourist braves the wind and rain in Dublin yesterday
A tourist braves the wind and rain in Dublin yesterday

You hardly need to be reminded but the supposed height of summer has been one of the most miserable on record.

Met Eireann's review of July showed it to be cold, wet and windy everywhere with Claremorris, Co Mayo, the coldest since 1965 while Cork Airport, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford, Mullingar, Co Westmeath and Shannon Airport all reporting their coldest July since 1988.

Average temperatures were one degree lower than normal right across the country with spots like Markree Castle in Sligo as much as 2.1C below the usual.

There was even a touch of frost on separate nights in both Mullingar and Athenry.

The best rise in the mercury came on the first day of July when whatever little bit of summer that hit Ireland saw temperatures soar to a heady 23.8C at Mountdillon, Co Roscommon.

But the extremes of our weather were further demonstrated when the same location recorded the lowest temperature of 3.1C on July 24.

Dublin Airport's lowest of 3.9C was recorded on July 15 and turned out to be the lowest temperature on record since the station opened in 1942.

Unsurprisingly Met Eireann recorded July's rainfall to be above average right across the country with Cork Airport recording 158.8mm of rain, its wettest July since 2009, and most stations in the Atlantic coastal counties reporting their wettest July in five or six years.

There was a brighter note for Belmullet, Co Mayo, which recorded the most sunshine in one day of 14 hours on July 5.

But to compound the wet and cold, wind was also a factor with most of our weather dominated by systems coming in from the North Atlantic and gale force winds recorded three times in July in the north and west.

Met Eireann said the majority of the average wind speeds recorded up and down the country were the highest seen in a July in five to 27 years.

Shannon Airport reported a monthly average wind speed of 10.8 knots (20 km/h), its highest for July since 1974, while unsurprisingly Malin Head recorded the strongest gusts of 42 knots (77km/h) and 57 knots (105km/h) respectively.

Looking ahead Met Eireann offers little respite with rain expected to clear on Thursday before moving in again at the weekend and temperatures showing little sign of recovery until Sunday.

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