August saw record-breaking temperatures and heatwaves: Met Eireann

The past month saw the highest temperatures ever recorded in Ireland, according to Met Eireann’s August weather statement, released today.

he month was dominated by an anticyclone bringing record temperatures, heat waves and much very warm and sunny weather, particularly in the Midlands, South and East.

A high pressure area that settled over Ireland in July persisted for most of the month, despite a low pressure system earlier in the month that fed multiple Atlantic weather fronts and brought heavy rains to the northwest but relatively dry conditions in the south and east.

However, towards the end of the first week, high pressure rolled in from the west and south-west, bringing plenty of sunshine and drought.

A massive high-pressure system stretching from Scandinavia to the Azores in the second week kept the Atlantic fronts far to the north and resulted in daily rising temperatures, culminating in heat waves at several Met Eireann weather stations.

An all-time record was broken at the Durrow weather station in Co Laois on August 13 when the mercury column rose to 32.1°C, tentatively beating the record set the previous day at the same weather station when temperatures hit 31.7°C reached.

Both records surpassed previous all-time records for August, when temperatures reached 31.5 °C in 1975 in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois and in 1995 in Oak Park, Co. Carlow.

But the hot spell also brought thunderstorms on the 14th and 15th as low pressure rose from the south and west, bringing heavy rains and hail and flash floods and lightning.

In the third week of the month, low pressure moved in from the Atlantic and brought several weak weather fronts across the country, resulting mainly in showers and relatively light amounts of precipitation.

The month ended on a pleasant note as high pressures built up again across the country and conditions remained mostly dry and warm with varying amounts of sunshine.

Meanwhile, rainfall was below average everywhere, particularly in the Midlands, south and east, where all monthly rainfall was below the long-term average from 1981 to 2010. August saw record-breaking temperatures and heatwaves: Met Eireann

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