Tuesday 23 December 2014

Mild March and soggy summer sum up seasons

Treacy Hogan

Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00

WHILE the west of the country had the wettest, rainsoaked festive season in six years, Dubliners enjoyed a dry and relatively warm Christmas.

A new report from Met Eireann pinpoints the hottest, driest and wettest places during 2012 which saw the wettest June on record.

The hottest spot in Ireland last year was in Kerry on May 25, with a temperature of 28.3C recorded at Ardfert – the highest in six years. And we enjoyed the warmest March in at least 50 years.

Christmas in the west was the wettest in six years, with average rainfall increasing by 129pc at Claremorris, Co Mayo, 124pc at Athenry, Co Galway and 104pc in Fermoy, Co Cork.

In contrast, Dubliners enjoyed the driest December in 11 years, with a 60pc drop in average rainfall throughout the festive season. The highest temperature of December was a balmy 14.1C on the 22nd at Dublin's Phoenix Park.

The Met Eireann annual weather summary for 2012 also reports that the first three months of the year and August had above average temperatures – but the other months were colder than normal.

June was extremely wet, with many rainfall totals in the eastern half of the country nearly triple their usual amounts. Most weather stations across the country reported it as their wettest June on record.

During March, temperatures in Dublin were up to two degrees above normal while October was the coldest month everywhere, with temperatures dipping 2C below average.

Freezing

The coldest ground temperature recorded was minus 12.2C at Derrgreenagh, Co Offaly, during a cold snap at the start of February. The coldest air temperature was minus 6.7C at Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, and Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, during the same period.

The strongest gust of wind recorded since records began in 1956 was a 168kmh gust at Malin Head on January 3.

The highest daily rainfall of the year was 99.5mm recorded at Glencar Lough, Co Leitrim.

Met Eireann said the number of wet days was above average everywhere last month, except for the east and Midlands.

Athenry recorded the highest daily rainfall of 24.7mm on December 22 last.

Temperatures were above average in the south, south-west and some parts of the west.

Valentia Observatory reported its dullest year since 1983 while in Belmullet it was the dullest year since since 2002.

Most sunshine stations reported their lowest sunshine in at least seven to 18 years.

According to the World Meteorological Organisation, provisional global temperatures in 2012 were the ninth highest since records began in 1850.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann said the weather will be mild and mostly cloudy for the rest of this week and over the weekend.

Daytime temperatures will mostly range from about 10C to 13C while most of the nights will be frost free.

Irish Independent

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