Sunny June weather was record-breaking
Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30
ONE pocket of Ireland enjoyed its sunniest June in 74 years as temperatures soared right across the country last month.
Valentia Island in Co Kerry experienced 265 hours of sunshine, its brightest month of June since 1940.
But it was Co Cork which bathed in the highest nationwide temperature, with the heat in Fermoy soaring to a Mediterranean-beating 26C on June 18.
The 'exam weather' phenomenon reached every part of the country as Dublin had its driest June in eight years, with just 29.6mm of rainfall, a record matched by parts of the east, southwest and southeast.
Dublin Airport had just a single dull day in June, matching its lowest number in 28 years.
The month's sunniest day was June 17 at the Gaeltacht town of Belmullet in Co Mayo, which enjoyed 15.8 hours of sunshine, the sunniest June day since the heatwave summer of 1995.
Overall, the best weather occurred during the middle of the month, with highest temperatures recorded between June 16 and 18.
High pressure also meant wind speeds across the country reached their lowest on record, with Mullingar in Co Westmeath experiencing its calmest June in 64 years, with an average of just 9kmh.
However, June was not immune to poor conditions, as weather stations in the south west also reported their lowest June temperatures in up to 28 years.
Some stations in the south and midlands also reported above average rainfall, while the month's wettest day was at Sherkin Island in Co Cork on June 6, where 34.8mm of rainfall was reported.