THE hottest spot in Ireland last year was in Kerry on May 25, with a temperature of 28.3C recorded at Ardfert.
And according to a Met Eireann report today, we enjoyed the warmest March in 2012 for at least 50 years
However, Christmas in the west of Ireland was the wettest in six years, with rainfall increasing by 129pc at Claremorris, Co Mayo.
In contrast, Dubliners enjoyed the driest December in 11 years.
The Met Eireann annual summary 2012 reports that the first three months of the year and August had above average temperatures – but the remaining months were colder than mormal.
During March, temperatures in Dublin were up to two degrees above normal.
October was the coldest month, with temperatures dipping two degrees below average.
The coldest temperature recorded was minus 12.2 degrees at Derrgreenagh, Co Offaly, during a cold snap at the start of February, and minus 6.7 degrees at Thomastown, Co Kilkenny and Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan during the same period.
The strongest gust of wind recorded since wind records began in 1956 was a 168km/h gust at Malin Head on January 3.