Saturday 24 August 2019

Sunny September brought drought to parts of country

Lulu Carey, 2, from Sandymount plays in the autumn leaves in St Stephens Green in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 2/10/2014
Lulu Carey, 2, from Sandymount plays in the autumn leaves in St Stephens Green in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 2/10/2014
Deer in Phoenix park
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Parts of the country experienced a drought during September, according to Met Eireann.

As children dusted off their schoolbags and donned new uniforms, the weather continued as if it was still summer.

Ireland had a three-week drought from the beginning of the month up until September 21. Malin Head weather station reporting the driest September since 1933.

A period of 15 or more consecutive days with less than 0.2mm rainfall is considered a period of absolute drought.

Met Eireann Meteorologist Par Clarke said the weather stations recorded most of their rainfall for the month on one day.

"It was exceptional weather and we had a lot of dry conditions with good sunshine and strong temperatures and even the one or two places that had a bit of rain, much of that fell in one day in thunderstorms because of the heat," he said.

"Overall, September was more like a decent summer month with very good conditions," he said.

However, Mr Clarke warned that there is change ahead.

"September was abnormal. It was very sunny and dry but there is rain on the way.

"Now it is all change for a new month. There is some very inclement weather on the charts for the next five days," he added.

While September saw the mercury hit a high of 24 degrees, forecasters say it will be considerably cooler in October.

Irish Independent

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