Monday 9 December 2019

Warmest, wettest, windiest October on record

Wet and windy conditions on the Sean O Casey Bridge in Dublin last month
Wet and windy conditions on the Sean O Casey Bridge in Dublin last month
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

It may be time to dust off those winter woollies as that unmistakable November chill sets in but this October was one of the warmest and windiest on record.

Met Eireann's most recent monthly weather report revealed above-average mean temperatures across the country with up to 1.3C higher readings in Dublin and Carlow.

"It feels like it became winter overnight," Met Eireann Forecaster Joanna Donnelly told the Irish Independent.

"There was a very sudden and sharp drop in the temperature. And that's because October was an extremely clement month, warm and bright."

In fact, Dublin Airport reported its sunniest day in eight years on October 11, with 10 hours of sunshine recorded. It may have been bright but many of us were forced to batten down the hatches last month as it was one of the windiest Octobers in almost a decade.

Southern and western coastlines had wind speeds ranging from six knots (11kmh) in Fermoy to 17 knots (32kmh) at Mace Head.

"There were some very blustery and breezy days and nights," Ms Donnelly said. "We caught the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo and that made it a lot windier than previous years."

Gale force winds were reported on 10 days with the month's highest gusts of 63 knots (117kmh) reported at Roche's Point in Cork on October 5 and Malin Head in Donegal on October 21.

Umbrellas, wellington boots and rain macs were de rigueur as it was one of the wettest Octobers on record.

Monthly rainfall totals were above average across the country with Johnstown Castle in Wexford recording its highest rainfall since 2002.

"There were plenty of showers around the country and plenty of need for waterproofs," Ms Donnelly said.

Mullingar had its wettest October in 12 years while Claremorris reported its highest number of October wet days since 1973.

Irish Independent

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