IT was the wettest June in decades in many parts of the county as clouds blanketed the county and temperatures plummeted from the high of late May.
One station in north Kerry recording daily for over 30 years said it was the wettest June on their records and Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen recorded 135 per cent of normal rainfall for the month.
"It was the wettest June since we started recording," Don Nolan of Liscahane Nursery and Garden Centre outside Ardfert said.
"We recorded 145 mm for the month and it was very, very dull with only 110 hours of sunshine." The rainfall exceeded Liscahane's June 2010 reading of 42 mm by more than three times.
"We had the same daily maximum temperature as last June on 16.9 degrees, with June 27 the warmest day reaching 21.4 degrees. Some days were as cold as January with the max reached on June 8 11.9 degrees, which is very low for June. Four days in January were warmer," Don added. The Valentia Observatory recorded 128.3mm for the month, lower than in the northern part of Kerry. This represented 135 per cent of normal rainfall for June at Valentia, Met Éireann said. "Valentia escaped the brunt of it, however, as Cork Airport recorded 33.7mm on June 28 when the worst of the flooding occured, while Valentia recorded 10.3 mm the same day!" 19.8 degrees was the average maximum for June at Valentia and south Kerry was equally as dull. Valentia recorded 64 per cent of its normal sunshine levels for the month.