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October one of the warmest in memory

TEMPERATURES reached a staggering 21C last month as Ireland enjoyed one of the warmest Octobers in recent memory.

Met Eireann said warm air from the Mediterranean meant all mean temperatures were above average.

Forecasters said a temperature of 21C was recorded in Roscommon, while other parts of the country measured their highest October temperatures in years.

But last month was also wetter than usual, according to Met Eireann's latest monthly weather summary.

Rainfall was higher than normal, except in parts of the west and north.


The midlands saw some torrential downpours – with Mullingar in Co Westmeath recording its wettest October since 1960.

Weather stations in the southeast and southwest also reported their wettest October in years.

Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford recorded the wettest day of the month when 40.1mm of rain fell on October 18.

But while October saw plenty of rain, parts of Connacht enjoyed some unexpected sunshine.

Warm air pushing up from the Mediterranean led to all mean temperatures being the highest in six years and in some cases 12 years.

Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon became somewhat of a hotspot – recording a balmy 21.1C on October 2.

Forecasters say a temperature of 20.9C was recorded in Furnace on the same day, which clearly lived up to its name.