Thursday 8 December 2016

Storm Imogen to follow wettest January since '48

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

A workman repairs power lines in Lucan village after a night of high winds from Storm Henry. Photo: Colin Keegan
A workman repairs power lines in Lucan village after a night of high winds from Storm Henry. Photo: Colin Keegan

Parts of Ireland endured the wettest January since 1948 after the dampest December on record.

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Met Éireann confirmed what the nation already suspected by revealing that every single Irish weather observatory confirmed rainfall above normal January averages.

That came after December ranked as the warmest and wettest on record with Dublin's Phoenix Park recording its highest average monthly temperature (8.9 degrees) for 160 years.

The monitoring station at Dublin Airport has now recorded its wettest January since 1948 with 189pc more rainfall than normal levels.

Cork Airport reported its wettest January in 28 years while Valentia Observatory in Kerry recorded the wettest 24-hour period of the entire month with rainfall of 37mm, almost three times the normal level.

Valentia also reported a total of 10 extremely wet days with a daily rainfall level of 10mm of more.

January was also milder than the norm with Dublin's Phoenix Park recording an average temperature almost one degree above normal averages at 6.1 degrees.

The southwest - hammered by a succession of Atlantic storms - not surprisingly recorded the lowest level of sunshine.

Malin Head in Donegal, at the height of Storm Gertrude, recorded wind gusts of more than 130kmh.

As Ireland bade farewell to Storm Henry and prepares for Storm Imogen, Met Éireann said householders and commuters can at least expect a few days of respite with mild, blustery weather and some showers.

Irish Independent

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