From one weather extreme to another
Published 01/11/2011 | 05:00
IT was a month of extremes -- with the highest rainfall recorded on a single day in October, and yet exceptionally warm temperatures.
The first third of October was extremely warm compared to the average for this time of year.
On October 3, a temperature of 21C was recorded in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
"It was the highest temperature of the month," Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke said. "There were very few frosts, a lot of cloud and sunshine was only about three-quarters of the average. Well below normal."
Temperatures during the daytime at the end of October were generally between 9C and 11C. However, yesterday a temperature of 15C was recorded in Dublin.
This followed the 18C recorded at 11pm at Dublin Airport on Sunday night.
During last Monday's deluge there was 82mm of rainfall recorded at Casement Aerodrome in Dublin. It was the highest level of rainfall recorded in a single day in October since the weather station opened in 1954.
At Knock Airport, there was 190mm recorded in the entire month.
In Cork, the rainfall was below normal, but everywhere else it was above the normal level for October.