VALENTIA Observatory recorded its sunniest October day in almost half a century according to end of month figures released by Met Eireann.
The south Kerry weather station recorded 9.6 hours of sunshine on Saturday, October 6, the highest daily total for an October day since 1966. Valentia also recorded the highest temperature anywhere in the country with 17.7°C reached on Wednesday, October 10.
The temperature dropped below 10°C just one day in the month - October 27 - despite almost nine hours of sunshine recorded throughout the day, the temperature drop down to moderate gale gusts across the southwest.
And it was also the driest October in five years with 13.6 centimetres of rain falling throughout the month, helped by the fact that it did not rain for nine days between October 19 and October 27. Rainfall for the month was 77 percent of the 30-year average.
Despite the impressive figures, total sunshine hours for October totalled just 86.2 hours, the lowest recorded at any station in the country.
The wettest day was October 17 with 2.3 centimetres of rain falling at the south Kerry station.