What summer? August was coldest in 25 years
Published 31/08/2011 | 05:00
ONE of our coldest summers ever has been followed by the coldest August in 25 years.
Following an "unspectacular summer" of the coldest June in nearly 40 years and the coldest July in 50 years, this month is now one of the coldest since records began in 1851.
The last time temperatures for the month were as low was when the country was struck by Hurricane Charley in 1986 and witnessed record rainfall and flooding.
Met Eireann records show temperatures have been up to 1.3C below average this month at all 10 of its stations across the country. The lowest temperature has been a nippy 2.7C in Mullingar, with highest temperatures across the nation ranging from 15-17C, at best.
A forecaster for Met Eireann said: "While the current weather hasn't been brilliant, it hasn't been a bad summer.
"It has been very cool but it hasn't been a wet one and rainfall is well below average in most places."
Early season sunny spells were soon forgotten about and the maximum temperature this summer only managed to be 25.5C in Co Carlow, on June 3.
The last time Ireland's peak summer temperature was so low was 46 years ago when the top temperature was 25.2C.
Met Eireann said Dublin's main weather station, at the airport, averaged just 13.8C, the coldest since July 1965, which saw 13.1C.
A forecast for the next seven days shows that the current situation is not due to change and is described as "unsettled".
Any suggestions that the current weather dip is building up for winter were dismissed with Met Eireann saying it has no bearing on what can be expected towards the end of the year.