Spring has sprung: taking life easy in the sun
RELISH the sunny, bright weather this week after one of the wettest, windiest Februarys in a decade.
Figures from the Met Office for the past month have revealed that, after the extreme low temperatures of early winter, February was mild but wetter and windier than usual.
The good news is that the sunshine of the past few days is expected to continue, with settled weather and very light winds predicted for the rest of the week.
However, there will be the odd spot of drizzle in the west and north-west and the nights will be chilly with the odd touch of frost, according to Met Eireann.
Some stations recorded the warmest February temperatures in up to 13 years but rainfall totals were also above normal everywhere. Claremorris had the wettest February since 1997 and the west and midlands weathered the wettest second month of the year since 2002.
The forecasters also confirmed what few of us need to be told -- winter 2010/11, including December, January and February, was marked by below normal temperatures everywhere.
The mercury fell to its lowest at Christmas time, between December 21 and 25, with Casement Aerodrome recording -15.7 degrees on Christmas Day, the lowest since records began there in 1958.