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Driest November in nearly 70 years as lack of rain is set to continue

Published 02/12/2013 | 12:30

A woman walking dogs in the Phoenix Park, Dublin today
Pic:Mark Condren
A woman enjoys the dry weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin during the month of November. (Pic:Mark Condren)

Days ‘only fit for ducks and buckets’ were rare for most in Ireland last month, as some parts of the country experienced the driest November in up to nearly 70 years.

Rainfall was below average everywhere expect at Malin Head, with the Phoenix Park station in Dublin experiencing its driest November since 1945.

And it was the same dry weather in the west as Belmullet station in Mayo recorded its driest November in 30 years. Some stations in the East and Midlands reported the least rainfall in 24 to 25 years.

Rainfall in the south and south-east last month meant they recorded their driest ‘thirty days of November’ in five to nine years.

Sunshine was also near or above average in most places, with the exception of Valentia Observatory in Kerry and Shannon Airport in Clare.

Temperatures were below average for the month of November although those lucky enough to be near Johnston Castle in Wexford on November 11 experienced glorious temperatures of nearly 16 degrees.

Autumn leaves in the Phoenix Park yesterday.
Pic Steve Humphreys
19th November 2013.
People enjoying the crisp weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin last month. (Pic Steve Humphreys)

“The weather was not at all unusual for November,” Met Eireann’s Seamus Walsh told

“But the most striking element was definitely the dry weather, especially in the east and south-east of the country.”

“This dry weather can be expected to continue for the first week of the month, with temperatures on the cool side of normal and possibly getting a little colder before the weekend.

“Night frost is also expected towards the end of the week,” he added.

And the latest indications for the weekend suggests that we’re in for a cold and dry couple of days with some patchy rain likely at times in coastal areas of the north and west.

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