Tuesday 16 January 2018

Warm spell 'won't break records'

Greg Harkin

THE warm spell won't break records – "but it will be lovely", says Met Eireann's John Eagleton.

The highest ever July air temperature was set in Elphin, Co Roscommon, on July 19, 2006, when it reached 32.3C. The warmest ever day was on June 26, 1887, in Kilkenny city, when it was one degree warmer at 33.3C.

"The models are showing 28C or 29C, and whilst I wouldn't rule out it going slightly higher than that, I don't believe at this stage we are in for a new record," Mr Eagleton said.

Ireland's unpredictable weather, especially in the summer, has seen a wide range of temperatures.

On July 8, 1889, records show that they plunged below freezing in Mostrim, Co Longford, where -0.3C was recorded.

You have to go back more than half a century to find the sunniest July when 308.2 hours of sunshine were recorded at Valentia Island, Co Kerry.

Irish Independent

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