Coldest July in 50 years and no sign of a summer heatwave
Published 01/08/2011 | 05:00
WE have just had the coldest July in nearly 50 years and there's still no heatwave on the horizon.
All but one of Met Eireann's 11 main weather stations reported below normal temperatures last month, with the greater Dublin area having its coolest July for 46 years.
Dublin Airport's weather station recorded average temperatures of just 13.7C, the lowest since July 1965.
Other freakishly low temperatures included a 1.6C ground level minimum temperature at Valentia, Co Kerry -- the lowest since 1940 -- and a 6.2C air temperature at Cork Airport on July 6, the coldest since 1965.
Temperatures today should reach 19 or 20 degrees but there is little hope of bright sunshine. Looking back at July, Forecaster John Eagleton said: "There were some good days but we did not get a run of good weather so people do not have a memory of that".
Most of the country is expected to remain dry until this evening but rain and drizzle will affect Leinster and east Ulster overnight. The rain and drizzle will persist for a time then die out. The rest of the country will be dry with bright or sunny spells.
On Wednesday, eastern areas will have sunny spells for much of the day, with temperatures reaching 22 or 23 degrees.
The rain will gradually clear on Thursday with bright spells and showers following later.
Friday is expected to bring a mixture of sunshine and showers.