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Last winter wettest on record - and last month was the wettest February on record

Published 03/03/2014 | 13:02

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Floodwater on the Grand Parade in Cork City last month. Photo: Padraig O Donoghue
Valentia Observatory reported its wettest February on record with 292.4 milimetres of rain - its wettest February since records began in 1866.

This winter was the wettest one on record, according to Met Eireann.

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Over half of the weather stations across the country reported it was the wettest winter on record.

The number of wet days (day with 1 milimetre or more) ranged from 50 at Phoenix Park to 80 at Newport.

Valentia Observatory reported its wettest winter since records began in 1866 with 848.0mm of rain, while Malin Head reported 530.7mm.

Shannon Airport had its wettest winter on record (68 years) while Mullingar reported its

wettest winter on record (63 years) with 531.3mm and 444.5mm respectively.

Last month was the wettest February ever on record, according to Met Eireann.

Rainfall was well above average nationwide.

Valentia Observatory reported its wettest February on record with 292.4 milimetres of rain - its wettest February since records began in 1866.

The month’s wettest day with 34.5mm was at Ballyhaise, Co Cavan on February 17.

The number of wet days (days with 1 mm or more of rain) ranged from 17 at Phoenix Park to 27 at numerous stations, Met Eireann has reported.

Moorepark in Cork reported its wettest February since records began in 1962 (52 years) with 222.7mm.

Johnstown Castle in Wexford had its wettest February since 1977 (37 years) with 174.9mm.

Belmullet, Malin Head, Sherkin Island and Shannon Airport all had their wettest February since 1990 (24 years).

Mullingar reported 26.3mm on February 17, its highest daily fall for February since 1991 (23 years), while some stations in the South and Southeast reported their highest daily fall for February in 7 to 18 years.

While mean temperatures were mainly on or above the average, except for parts of the South and West.

The month’s highest maximum temperature of 12.5°C on the 19th was at Phoenix Park.

Differences ranged from 0.6°C below average at Cork Airport with a mean temperature of 5.1°C, to 0.7°C above average at Phoenix Park with a mean temperature of 5.9°C.

Valentia Observatory and Sherkin Island reported their lowest February maxima of 11.1°C and 10.6°C since 1986 (28 years).

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