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Snow fell throughout half of January at various locations - Met Eireann's monthly report

Leanne and Rhys celebrate their day off school in Bailieborough. Photo: Barbara Englishby
Leanne and Rhys celebrate their day off school in Bailieborough. Photo: Barbara Englishby
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Snow was reported on over half of the days in January at various weather stations, Met Eireann’s monthly weather report has revealed.

Dublin Airport experienced its second sunniest January on record since records began 74 years ago, with 92.4 hours of sunshine.

While fog was reported on 13 days through January - mainly in the East, Midlands, South and Southeast.

Met Eireann has also confirmed that most rainfall totals were near or above their long-term average.

Knock Airport experienced its wettest January since the station opened in 1996 with a total of 224.8 mms.

Rainfall accumulations over the month ranged from 47.7mm at Dublin Airport to 270.8mm at Newport, Co Mayo.

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Average temperatures ranged from 3.7°C at Knock Airport to 7.6°C at Sherkin Island.

Most stations reported their highest temperature for January in six to 17 years.

The month’s highest air temperature of 16.2°C was reported at Carlow (Oak Park) on January 9 as a southwesterly airflow dominated.

Shannon Airport also reported a highest January temperature of 14.7°C also on January 9, its highest for January since 1993.

The lowest air temperature was -6.2°C at Dunsany, Co Meath.

While Dublin's Phoenix Park recorded 26 days of ground frost.

The sunniest day of the month was at Shannon Airport on January 18, with 7.2 hours of sunshine.

Most stations reported their windiest January in six to 22 years.

Monthly mean wind speeds ranged from seven knots (13km/h) at Fermoy (Moore Park) to 22 knots (41 km/h) at Malin Head.

Gale (force 8) and strong gale (force 9) winds were reported on nearly two-thirds of the days, with storm (force 10) winds reported at some Atlantic coastal stations on January 8, 9, 14, 15 and 28.

The month’s highest gust was 71 knots (131 km/h) on January 28 at Mace Head, Co Galway as a passing cold front brought squally showers.

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