Met Éireann: Why hot, dry July was a record month


The LAST month has been hot and dry with above-average temperatures recorded in many parts of the country, according to Met Éireann’s weather report.

The highest temperature of the month was 33°C at Dublin’s Phoenix Park on July 18 – a record for the forecast station.

Rainfall has been below average across the country, with levels ranging from 31 per cent of normal at Shannon Airport, the driest July since 1989, to 82 per cent at Malin Head in Co Donegal.

On July 24, the wettest day of the month was recorded in Finner, Co. Donegal when 24.8mm of rain fell.

Oak Park, Co. Carlow only rained six days, but Malin Head and Finner rained 22 days.

Neither air nor ground frost were reported in July.

Along with Phoenix Park, eight other stations reported their highest daily temperature to date on July 18.

These were Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin, at 31.9°C; Mount Dillon, Co. Roscommon, with 31.4 °C; Gurteen, Co Tipperary, with 31C; Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan at 30.8°C; Athenry, Co. Galway, and Dunsany, Co. Meath, both at 30.5 °C; Mullingar, Co. Westmeath at 30.4°C; and Dublin Airport at 29.6 °C.

One station had its highest daily high in July – Shannon Airport with a recorded 30.8°C.

Monthly sunshine values ​​ranged from 135.3 hours at Shannon Airport to 152.3 hours at Casement Aerodrome.

The highest number of daily hours of sunshine on record was 15.7 on July 10 at Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford.

The number of boring days ranged from two at Dublin Airport to nine in Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

The wind was not particularly strong as no days with gales, strong gales or storms were reported in July.

The month ended with Atlantic weather fronts moving in from the west, bringing more bands of rain and showers. Met Éireann: Why hot, dry July was a record month

Fry Electronics Team

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