Tuesday 24 October 2017

October warmest in years despite late Arctic blast

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A WELCOME blast of warm air from the Mediterranean gave us one of the warmest Octobers in recent memory, according to the latest monthly weather summary from Met Eireann.

Warm air pushing up from the Continent led to daily temperature averages being the highest in six years – and in some cases 12 years.

However, a blast of Arctic air later in the month scuppered what was shaping up to be one of the warmest Octobers on record, according to Met Eireann meteorologist Ruth Coughlin.

The midlands enjoyed the warmest overall temperatures, with the Met Eireann weather station at Oak Park in Carlow and Mullingar registering just under two degrees above their normal monthly averages of 12.1C and 11.4C respectively.

Mullingar recorded its warmest October in 12 years, followed by Oak Park at six years.

Elsewhere, temperatures on average were their warmest in six to 12 years, while some stations along the east and Atlantic coasts had their highest temperatures in 42 years.

Mount Dillon, in Co Roscommon, was the national hotspot, recording balmy 21.1C on October 2; while Furnace in Newport, Co Mayo, lived up to its name, smashing a 53-year record with temperatures of 20.9C on the same day.

Despite the warm temperatures, rainfall was above average, except in parts of the north, west and northwest.

While both Oak Park and Mullingar enjoyed warm temperatures, they also had lots of rain, with Mullingar recording its wettest October in 63 years and Oak Park having its wettest October since 2008.

Irish Independent

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