Kerryman

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Coldest June in 40 years despite the sun

DESPITE what seemed like incessant rain throughout the month of June, Kerry still experienced more than 25 percent sunshine than average for the month.

The sunshine did not translate into higher temperatures, though, as the county still experienced its coldest June since 1972. Indeed June 10 marked the coldest June day in Kerry for 20 years as temperatures dropped to a miserable 4.6 degrees centigrade.

That's according to figures released by Met √Čireann who compare their statistics with a 30 year average.

The figures reveal that Kerry did in fact experience 50 percent more rain than what is normal for June and with 1.2metres falling over the 30 days, the Kerry weather station at Valentia was home to the wettest area in Ireland. That's despite the fact that temperatures were on average one degree Celsius colder than the norm.

Unsettled weather in June led to all stations nationally recording above average rainfall amounts for the time of year, especially in the south, while several stations joined Kerry in reporting their coldest June for almost four decades

Warmest day of the month was June 3 during the four day period of high pressure at the start of the month and this was the only day that Kerry's maximum temperature rose above 20 degrees.

As a slow-moving Atlantic depression moved southwards towards Kerry, the majority of minimum temperatures were recorded between the June 9-12 when the country was affected by cool north-westerlies. Unsettled weather continued for the remainder of the month due to a series of Atlantic depressions.