Monday 23 October 2017

Summer is yet to start, says dismal June report

Breda Heffernan and Tom Shiel

MONSOON-like rains, gales and chilly temperatures -- the Irish summer has not got off to the best of starts.

A review of the weather for last month unearthed a series of rather depressing statistics.

In some parts of the country, it was the wettest June in almost 60 years, the dullest for half a century, and the coldest in more than 20 years.

In depressing reading, Met Eireann summed up June 2012 as "very wet, cool and dull".

But while the weather is far from tropical, it hasn't stopped north Dublin potato growers Keoghs from delivering their first consignment of new Irish queens to supermarket shelves.

And the weather also brought a rare visitor from hotter climes -- a bullnose ray -- into fishermen's nets off Achill Island, Co Mayo.

James O'Gorman, who runs a fish shop at Keel, Achill, caught the 'bullnose' on Sunday. It is usually found in warmer waters off the south-eastern United States including Florida.

The immediate outlook for the early days of July is not looking promising.

Today will bring rain to most parts of the country with highest temperatures of 15C-19C.

Irish Independent

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