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November cold snap enters record books

Published 01/12/2010 | 12:50

Indian Elephants pictured in the snow at Dublin Zoo yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Indian Elephants pictured in the snow at Dublin Zoo yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
An Arctic fox pictured in the snow at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
A snow leopard pictured in the snow at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Andy and Luke Griffith (3) and their dog Mook slide down a snow-covered hill in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, yesterday
Adam Connolly enjoys the snow in Celbridge, Co Kildare yesterday
A giant snowman near Letterkenny, Co Donegal, yesterday
A member of the Rathdrum Festive Lights Committee connecting street lights

Freezing temperatures smashed records in parts of Ireland last month, Met Eireann said.

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While most weather stations around the country recorded the coldest November since 1985, Dublin was hit even harder by the frosty conditions.

The mercury plunged to minus 9.1 degrees Celsius at Casement Aerodrome, at Baldonnel, on Sunday - the lowest air temperature since records began there in 1964.

Ground temperatures at the military airbase dropped even further to minus 13.7 degrees Celsius, the lowest on record for the month.

However, it was sunnier than usual across the country, with Belmullet in Co Mayo enjoying its sunniest November in more than 50 years.

Dublin Airport recorded its coldest ever November day on Sunday as temperatures plummeted to below minus six degrees Celsius (21F) in many places around the country.

Met Eireann said the sharp drop was brought on by an anticyclone that shifted to the far northwest of Ireland, bringing in a bitterly cold northeasterly airstream.

Wintry showers, initially in coastal areas of the east and northwest, became more widespread, resulting in snow over most of the country, with severe frost and freezing fog in places.

There was air frost for up to 14 days in the east and midlands, around twice the normal level for November.



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