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Sunday 20 April 2014

It's wet, wet, wet as chilly nation soaks up more summer misery

ABOVE-average rainfall lashed the country in July for the second consecutive month, with Dublin city and county getting almost twice its normal monthly rainfall.

According to Met Eireann, western coastal areas were the only exception, getting just 90pc of normal long-term averages for July precipitation, while the rest of the country recorded between 102pc and 186pc of July averages.

Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford recorded the highest daily rainfall for the month, when 29.9mm fell on July 6.

Many weather stations recorded their coolest July in more than a decade.

The mean temperature ranged from just 12.6C at Knock airport -- its coolest since 1998 -- to 14.9C at Shannon Airport, while Malin Head in Co Donegal recorded its lowest mean temperature in 40 years.

Even the month's maximum temperatures recorded at Roche's Point and Sherkin Island in Co Cork failed to hit the 20C mark and were the lowest since 1980 and 1994 respectively.

The sun rarely shone last month as well, with average sunshine totals down everywhere nationwide.

Even Dublin, which recorded the most sunshine in the country, had its dullest July since 2003.

The dismal 'summer' weather has not only cast a pall on tourism and retail sales. The continuing deluge is putting many farmers under extreme financial, physical and mental strain, according to the Irish Farmers Association.

And the gloomy weather -- which resulted in record rainfalls in June -- will continue at least through the August bank holiday, according to Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe.

Today will see a slight improvement with early-morning rain clearing in eastern areas by the afternoon and by the evening in the west.

Irish Independent

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