March was driest on record for nine years in parts of the country, Met Éireann revealed today.
The weather experts said last month was also sunnier than normal everywhere except for Cork.
And, in a St Patrick’s Day blessing, it was confirmed that the sunniest period throughout was the three days from March 17.
However, fog in areas meant some celebrations may not have enjoyed the early spring sun experienced by most of the country.
“March was warmer, drier and sunnier than normal almost everywhere,” said a Met Éireann spokesman.
“High pressure close to Ireland around the middle of the month brought mostly dry, mild and sunny conditions, while on either side of this period the weather was cooler and more unsettled.
“It was the driest March for between six and nine years at some (weather) stations.”
The station at Cork Airport was the only one that did not record above normal sunshine for the month.
Temperatures reached as high as 18.9°C at Valentia while Dublin Airport’s weather station recorded the most sunshine.