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December was warm - but we had little in the way of sunshine

 

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All parts of the country saw warmer-than-average
temperatures in the month of December – but there was also a dearth of sunshine, with the weather duller than average.(Stock image)

All parts of the country saw warmer-than-average temperatures in the month of December – but there was also a dearth of sunshine, with the weather duller than average.(Stock image)

All parts of the country saw warmer-than-average temperatures in the month of December – but there was also a dearth of sunshine, with the weather duller than average.(Stock image)

All parts of the country saw warmer-than-average temperatures in the month of December - but there was also a dearth of sunshine, with the weather duller than average.

The only 'drama' was Storm Deirdre, which brought strong gale force winds to the west and south, with winds reaching a height of 47 knots, or 87kmh, at Roche's Point in Co Cork.

New statistics from Met Éireann show Moore Park, Co Cork, registered both the highest and lowest air temperatures in the country last month - from a shivering -2.8C to the relatively soaring highs of 14.3C.

All mean air temperatures across the country were above their long-term average for the month.

The fewest monthly sunshine hours were recorded at Belmullet, Co Mayo - with a daily average of just 0.4 hours of sunshine a day. The highest was Cork Airport with an average of 1.1 hours of sun per day.

Irish Independent