IT won't come as any great surprise to people living in Kerry to discover that last month turned out to be one of the wettest Aprils in recent years.
It will come as a surprise though to learn that April, despite the incessant rainfall, was on average sunnier than average. According to statistics for the month recorded at Valentia Observatory, and just published by Met Eireann, one and a half times (155 per cent) more rain fell on the county during April, when compared with the average monthly rainfall between 1961 and 1990. The total rainfall for the month recorded at Valentia was 119.1mm, with April 9 the wettest with 18mm.
Conversely, there was 14 per cent more sunshine recorded at Valentia Observatory in the course of last month than the average monthly sunshine recorded in the 30 years up to 1990. The brightest day was April 27 with almost 13 hours of sunshine.
Despite the above average sunshine, the mean temperature recorded at the South Kerry observatory was 0.6 degrees lower than average. The warmest day was April 7 which saw an average temperature of almost 14 degrees centigrade.