Monday 26 January 2015

Stormy March was the wettest in eight years

Rhys Warde, Lila Foley and Alex Warde from Knocknacarra getting into the spirit of Summer on the beach in Salthill, Galway yesterday.
Two-year-old Dylan Reilly, from Ballyogan, Dublin, plays among the daffodils in St Stephen's Green. Picture: Damien Eagers

MARCH came in like a lion – and continued to roar for much of a windy and rain-sodden month.

With flooding continuing to cause problems across much of the country, it was little surprise that it was the wettest March the country experienced in almost a decade.

New data, released by Met Eireann, has showed that most of the country's weather stations recorded their highest average rainfall for the month in up to eight years.

And March 20 was the wettest day of the lot, recording almost one-quarter of the rainfall for the whole month in a single day.

Stormy conditions in February and March wreaked havoc, forcing the Government to set aside more than €70m for the initial repair bill.

Met Eireann's summary for March also showed that gale-force winds were reported on 10 days during the month.

Valentia Observatory recorded the highest total rainfall for the month at 135.2mm, while the lowest, 53.8mm, was recorded at Dublin Airport. The highest rainfall on a single day was recorded on March 19, with 45.2mm falling at Drummin, Co Mayo.

The warmest area of the country was Sherkin Island, which had a mean monthly temperature of 8.3C, while the coolest was around Knock Airport, where the figure was 5.8C.

And yesterday parts of the country enjoyed much more spring-like weather on the first day of April.

Today will see widespread rain and overcast conditions, while most of the country will be brighter tomorrow, when temperatures will reach up to 15C.

Friday will also be wet, with some sunny spells, and mixed weather is expected over the weekend.

Irish Independent

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