Temperature in 2013 'just average' even with heatwave
IT MAY have been the hottest summer in living memory but overall, temperatures for 2013 were just average, according to the latest statistics from Met Eireann.
Although we enjoyed July's heatwave and a milder-than-usual October and December, these were the only months when the mercury rose above its long-term average throughout the year.
March was the coldest month of the year, when temperatures remained 3C below average in most parts of the country.
Dublin Airport recorded its coldest March in 71 years since its weather station opened in 1942.
July was the warmest month of the year and the warmest in 63 years or more for parts of the west, Dublin, the southwest and the midlands.
The highest temperature for 2013 was recorded at Dooks near Killorglin in Co Kerry, where the mercury hit 31C on July 19.
Many stations reported their highest annual maxima since 2006 while Moorepark in Co Cork and Valentia Observatory in Kerry reported their highest in 24 years and 18 years respectively.
The coldest place to be this year was Markree in Co Sligo on March 12, where temperatures plummeted to a bitter -7.6 degrees Celsius.
It was also a drier year than usual and annual rainfall totals for 2013 were slightly below average nearly everywhere.
November was the driest month with some stations in the east and midlands reporting their driest November in 24 and 25 years.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Park had its driest November since 1945, 68 years ago.
In contrast, December was the wettest month, with some stations in the south having their wettest December in 20 and 24 years.
The highest daily fall was 98.9mm at Glenmacnass, Co Wicklow, on March 21 -- the highest since records began in 1965.
The highest winds of the year were recorded just before Christmas and the highest gust was 78 knots (144 km/h) at Mace Head in Co Galway on December 18.
Mace Head also reported a 10-minute violent, storm-force wind on the same day of 61 knots (113 km/h).
Some stations in the west reported their highest gusts in 10 years, while Mullingar reported a gust of 58 knots (107 km/h) also on December 18, its highest gust in 15 years.