Saturday 24 February 2018

May Day alert as April showers refuse to die out

Edel O'Connell

TS Eliot's famous line 'April is the cruellest month' was never as apt as heavy rain lashed the country last month -- and the mercury tipped well below average.

Following record-breaking temperatures in March, temperatures dropped as low as -3.2C in parts of the country during last month.

A staggering 90ml of rain fell in Dublin as the capital was hit by heavy rain and high winds over the past number of days.

Overall the country experienced almost double the average rainfall for the month of April, making it one of the wettest in years.

The highest overall rainfall for the month was experienced in Dunsany, Co Meath, where 92.7ml of rain fell during the month. The maximum temperature recorded in April was 14.9C at Roche's Point and the lowest was -3.2C which was recorded in Markree weather station, Co Sligo.


However, this was still more than two degrees higher than the lowest temperature on record for April, which was recorded in Claremorris, Co Mayo, in 1973 when the mercury tipped to -5.5C.

But a new month, unfortunately, doesn't mean new weather.

According to Met Eireann, it is expected that showers will continue up to and including the weekend.

"The bad news is the weather is not going to improve much and the bank holiday weekend is set to be a wet one," a spokeswoman said.

Although temperatures are set to improve tomorrow and Thursday they will drop again for the weekend as heavy rain sets in.

The best weather, according to Met Eireann, will be experienced this week in the west and north west where temperatures will reach between 14C and 16C.

Irish Independent

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