March scorches to sizzling highs

Last month was one of the sunniest and warmest on record, according to the latest data from Met Eireann.

Temperatures were at least 2°C higher than normal everywhere, with western weather stations such as Belmullet and Malin Head recording temperatures 3°C higher than the 30-year average.

It was also one of the driest months of March on record, with much of the country receiving less than a third of the normal rainfall levels. Only Casement Aerodrome in Dublin received more than half of the norm, while Mullingar and Cork had just one quarter of their average rainfalls. The highest temperature (22.2°C) was at Belmullet on March 27.

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