Costa del Kerry sizzles in sun!

Kara Fealy, Gavin Fealy and Emily Fealy enjoying the Fenit sun on the hottest day of the year so far. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Kara Fealy, Gavin Fealy and Emily Fealy enjoying the Fenit sun on the hottest day of the year so far. Photo: Domnick Walsh

The highest temperatures anywhere in the country were recorded in the Kingdom at the end of June as families finally flocked to our countless golden beaches to make the most of it.

And while the heat passed much too quickly for anyone's liking, it at least made quite the impression in terms of its intensity.

Ardfert registered the hottest temperature of all in the country, a fact that was pointed out on the Met Éireann weather forecast and bulletin that evening. The high was recorded at the Liscahane Nursery Met station - 29.2 C, as the Met Éireann bulletin had it.

However, the station there actually recorded a maximum of 29.8 C on Thursday.

"We emailed Met Éireann what we thought was going to be the high to keep them in the picture, but the temperatures actually spiked later in the afternoon, which is unusual to see, at 29.8 C, " Don Nolan of Liscahane Nursery and Garden Centre said.

Liscahane sends all its data to Met Éireann at regular intervals, but emails the service any remarkable observations as they occur.

It was a cooler 28 C down in South Kerry, according to Valentia Observatory's record on the hottest day of the year.

However, Valentia Observatory is a July smash-hit of old in a record not yet beaten anywhere else in the country.

"The record for sunshine for any month ever is held by Valentia Observatory for July of 1955 when they logged over 300 hours of sun. I can still remember the skin peeling off my back from that July, it was an incredible spell," Don added.

Fenit was at the epicentre of the one-day Irish heatwave, little under a mile distant from Ardfert. The pupils of Spa NS school (pictured by Domnick Walsh) might not have realised they were on the hottest beach in the country, but they knew exactly how lucky they were nonetheless - free of lessons to frolick in the sun!

Kerryman

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