Summer better than average despite wet July

IRELAND had a slightly better than average summer in 2010, according to the weather summary compiled by Met Éireann.

Overall, even though August was relatively cool, average air temperatures for the season were over half a degree higher than normal.

A relatively wet July meant rainfall totals for the whole summer were near normal everywhere. However, it was unevenly distributed throughout.

June and August were relatively dry, but totals for July were well above normal, especially in western areas.

“Sunshine totals were above normal everywhere, continuing the trend of sunny conditions so far during 2010,” the Met Éireann report said.

“June and August were very sunny, but July was a dull month everywhere, especially in the south-west. Daily values of about 16 hours of sunshine were recorded in many places from June 19 to 21.”

The country had a relatively dry August with rainfall down by as much as 50% on season norms.

Cork had a particularly dry August with just 17mm of rainfall recorded at Cork Airport, the lowest for any August since 1995.

“This station had only three wet days during the month (days with 1mm or more rainfall), but between eight and 14 wet days were measured at most stations, close to normal for August,” the Met Éireann report found.

The average overall temperature for the month was slightly less than normal but that was put down to a cool northerly airstream. In the first three weeks it was actually higher than normal.

“There were very few days during the month when maximum temperatures rose above 20C, while there were no such days in some western and south-western areas,” Met Éireann said.

“Slight ground frost developed in eastern and midland areas towards the end of the month, with many stations recording their lowest August temperatures for up to 46 years on either August 29 or 30,” the forecaster said.

The highest daily temperature, 24.2C, was recorded at Oak Park in Carlow on August 15.

The highest daily rainfall was 19.1mm at Malin Head on August 16.


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