Balmy Ireland hotter than Canaries
IRELAND was hotter than the Canary Islands yesterday, with southern counties in particular recording unseasonably high temperatures of 16C, writes Mark O'Regan.
Met Eireann said balmy south-westerly winds caused the mercury to hit an "exceptional high" for this time of year of 15.5C in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork.
Temperatures in counties Wexford, Westmeath, Offaly and Kilkenny were all within a degree or two of the previous highest for February.
Elsewhere, the mercury reached 16C in Arklow, Co Wicklow, 15.9C in Waterford and 15.8C in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, while Tenerife in the Canaries only topped 14C.
Back home, the best of the sunshine was in southern and central areas.
Ireland's overall historic record for February was in 1891 with 18.1C recorded at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.