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Friday 9 December 2016

What a washout - record breaking summer of rain

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IT'S official - summer 2015 was wet, windy and downright miserable.

Met Éireann's review of the last three months has confirmed record-breaking rain in some parts of the country while nearly all weather stations around the country experienced lower than average temperatures.

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The review of June, July and August showed there were plenty of blustery days with wind speeds at their highest levels in at least six years.

There was some slightly more positive news for Dubliners, with the capital recording the sunniest summer's day on June 10.

Both Dublin Airport and Casement Aerodrome recorded 15.7 hours of sunshine on that day. The capital, in June, was also generally the driest part of the country, particularly between June 6 and 26.

On the other end of the country, and the spectrum, parts of the south experienced rainfall at 200pc the normal levels.

"The wettest day was July 6 at Cork Airport with 41.3mm, its wettest summer day since 2008," the report revealed.

On four of these days - June 1, June 2, July 17 and August 3 - severe gales were reported.

It seems the doom and gloom is set to continue for the foreseeable future. Met Éireann forecaster Hugh Daly said dry weather is the best we can hope for.

He said that temperatures will remain low at the beginning of September and there is little hope of an Indian Summer - though the dry spells will be music to the ears of those heading to the Electric Picnic festival this weekend.

Temperatures will be around 14-15C for most parts of the country.

"It will be mostly dry as the week progresses and it is mostly cool for this time of the year," the forecaster said.

"It will be dry from today onwards, good news for those going to Electric Picnic."

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