Weather in Ireland: Met Éireann says a record-breaking summer saw the highest temperatures on record in July and August

The summer of 2022 in Ireland saw record-breaking temperatures in July and August, with 10 weather stations breaking their all-time highest daily temperature records.

The summer of 2022 was the fifth consecutive season that every weather station in the country recorded above-average average temperatures, according to Met Éireann’s statement for the season.

After a wetter, colder-than-average June, Ireland experienced an “exceptionally hot tropical” continental air mass from July 17-19, moving across the country from the Azores, bringing record temperatures at nine stations, including a new all-time record daily temperature for July – 33c at Phoenix Park on July 18th.

This was the second highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland.

There were also heatwave conditions from August 9th to 14th, which witnessed another record-breaking period. Eleven weather stations broke their daily temperature records for August, including a new all-time high for the month – 32.1C in Durrow, Co. Laois, on August 13.

Despite a wet start in June, below-average rainfall was recorded at every weather station in the country this summer, with Cork Airport recording less than half (49 per cent) of the average rainfall for the season.

Newport, Co. Mayo had the most rain all summer at 311 mm, almost in line with the season average. That was almost three times the total rainfall at Dublin Airport for the summer of 108mm – the lowest on record in Ireland.

The driest county this summer was Carlow, as Oak Park Station had just 19 days as wet days this summer, while Newport had more than double that number at 40.

Some weather stations reported dry spells of up to 21 days and at least six stations had a dry spell of 17 days.

Heat waves were reported at seven synoptic stations in August, lasting between five and six days.

All parts of the country had above average sunshine whilst Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford had the most sunshine this summer at 629 hours. The lowest was Belmullet, Co Mayo, at 405 hours. Weather in Ireland: Met Éireann says a record-breaking summer saw the highest temperatures on record in July and August

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