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Karen Gaydon and her daughter Julianna (5) enjoying the sun at the War Memorial Park in Islandbridge last month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Karen Gaydon and her daughter Julianna (5) enjoying the sun at the War Memorial Park in Islandbridge last month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Karen Gaydon and her daughter Julianna (5) enjoying the sun at the War Memorial Park in Islandbridge last month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It's official, the month of April was a scorcher.

Temperatures reached almost 22C in parts of the west in recent weeks, while much of the country basked in sunshine as people endured the coronavirus lockdown.

Casement Aerodrome, in the south-west of the capital, had 25pc more sunshine on average for the month this year.

An unusual increase in average temperature even saw some areas suffer drought, according to Met Eireann's April summary.

"The very dry weather, which started in the final third of March with high pressure dominating, continued through most of April," Met Eireann said yesterday.

"This led to absolute drought, partial drought and dry spell conditions being reported at many stations between March 18 and April 29, especially in the north-west and east."

According to Met Eireann, pressure stayed relatively high and rainfall amounts relatively low, apart from a few heavy falls in the south and south-west.

"It was cool and cloudy at times, especially at the start of the month, in a northerly airflow, when high pressure was located to the west of Ireland," it said.

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"There were also numerous warm, sunny days, especially during the mid-week periods, when high pressure built directly over or to the north-east of Ireland."

Average air temperatures across the country were up compared to their long-term average values and the highest recorded was reported at Newport, Co Mayo, on the April 24, with a temperature of 21.6C.

Monthly rainfall totals ranged from 12.8mm at Dublin Airport, which is just 24pc of its long-term average, to 72.3mm at Cork Airport, which is 95pc of its average.

Globally, April 2020 was on a par with the previous warmest April on record, in 2016.