Weather Overview for Belfast
Irelands capital city, Belfast, sits on the east
coast of the country, flanked by hills on two sides and is almost twice as rainy
as Dublin- so
whatever time of the year that you visit be sure to prepare yourself for loads
Similar to southern towns such as Dublin, Belfast has a
temperate climate, though due to its more northerly location it sees much more
dramatic daylight extremes than Dublin - more
similar to that experienced in northern Scandinavia.
During winter solstice the sun doesn’t rise until just before 9am and will set
again by 4pm- leaving the city in an extended period of night. On the flipside,
during the summer solstice in June the sun rises before 5am and will not set
again until after 10pm.
Belfast benefits from remarkably warm
winters- considering its latitude. In fact, at places of the same latitude in Russia or Canada
winter lows reach a blistering -45 ºC, while in Belfast winter in the past have reached 17 ºC!
Winters can see their fair share of unusually warm days, though on average the
maximum will sit at about 6 ºC. The average minimum is about 2 to 3 ºC during
the winter months. Snow will fall on about 4 or 5 days throughout January and
February, though you will often see it will melt quite quickly if a sporadic
day of warmer temperature prevails.
The summer months in Belfast are mild and
pleasant. Summers naturally see highs of 18 ºC and average
minimum temperatures of 9 ºC in June, and 11 ºC in July and August.
is a coastal city, one would generally not recommend swimming in the nearby sea
even in the peak of summer sea temperatures only rise to maximums of 15 ºC.
July is also the wettest month, recording 94mm of precipitation on average for
the month, while April is the driest- recording 48mm precipitation.
lies in close proximity to hilly ground, it sees more rainfall than Dublin and on average
records 845.8mm of rain per year on 213 days. When you combine the summer’s
heat with the constant rainfall,
the humidity can prove to be somewhat uncomfortable so be sure to pack some