Sunday 19 November 2017

The wettest day in over 60 years was recorded last month

Rains washed away a section of main road in Quigley’s Point, Co Donegal. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Rains washed away a section of main road in Quigley’s Point, Co Donegal. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ryan O'Rourke

The wettest day in over 60 years was recorded last month, Met Eireann has revealed.

A massive 63mm of rain fell in a 6-hour period at Malin Head, Co Donegal on August 22, over one-third of its monthly total.

This makes it the wettest day seen since 1955.

Average temperatures were lower than average across the country, with the highest temperature recorded in the country reaching just over 23 degrees, in Shannon Co Clare.

The revelations were contained in Met Eireann’s monthly weather summary.

According the the reports Ireland had less sunshine in August too, with nearly all recorded levels down on average.

In Knock airport, Co Mayo, a total of 96 hours of sunshine was recorded, the lowest in the country.

Overall the wind strengths were about average, with speeds ranging from 5.1 knots (9.4 km/h) at Fermoy (Moore Park), Co Cork to 13.9 knots (25.7km/h) at Mace Head, Co Galway.

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