Ireland, is famed for its luscious green
terrain split up by rocky mountains and rolling hills. The saying goes in Ireland that
you can tell the difference between summer and winter by measuring the
temperature of the rain- so by this you can gauge that rain is a dominant
feature and there isn’t a lot of temperature variation across the country.
The weather is mild but changeable and rain
can be expected at any time of the year. Parts of the country are oceanic, and
as you move further away from the coast the conditions become slightly more
temperature- however the prevailing factor across the whole country is that few
temperature extremes are experienced.
Ireland is affected by the North Atlantic Drift, so this has a moderating
affect on the climate and keeps winter in Ireland warmer than places of
similar latitudes. Its northerly location, however, means that summers never
get particular hot either. The climate is generally fairly typical of an
insular climate and is moderated by the moist winds that blow across the
island, these winds prevail from the south west, off the Atlantic,
and can reach particular high speeds at times of the year.
On the whole the west coast is much wetter than the east coast, so this should dispel
common belief that Dublin is the wettest city in
Lying on the east coast, Dublin
sees almost half as much rainfall as parts of the west coast.
Coast of island is prone to the full force of storms which form over the Atlantic, and this is particularly common in late Autumn
and early Winter. Occasionally these storms cause raging destructive winds
which bring hail, heavy rainfall and the odd snowfall. The north and north west of Ireland
see much more snowfall that the south and south west- in fact some parts of
haven’t seen any snowfall since 1991.
See here for average conditions in Cork on the south coast, or here for a general overview of
Inland Ireland gets warmer in the summer
months than the coastal region, though on the flipside it also gets much colder
in the winter. These temperature differences are not that great, with central Ireland only
being a few degrees cooler than the coast. In the centre of the country across
the year will record about 40 days below freezing, however on the coast the
mercury will only fall below 0 degrees on average 10 days per year.
The country is made up of a ring of coastal
mountains, with low lying central plains in the centre. Due to Ireland's
mild climate and significant rainfall this has lead to luscious green terrain
and plentiful vegetation which makes for very scenic and pleasant landscapes,
which has lead to the island being called the ‘Emerald Isle.’ Home to rolling
hills, mountainous rocky areas and dramatic green vistas, Ireland is a picturesque place to
visit any time of the year.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland
and sits upon the east coast where it is sheltered from the heavy storms that
the Atlantic coast is subject to. The climate in Dublin is a maritime, temperate climate that
(like the rest of the country) lacks major temperature extremes and has cool
summers and mild winters. Although popular belief leads many tourists to
believe that Dublin is a very rainy city, it in
fact sees fewer days of rain, on average, than London.
The average maximum temperature in January,
the midst of winter, is about 8 degrees while July sees average maximums of
about 20 degrees. From May to June will see Dublin basking in the most hours of
uninterrupted sunlight as this is when the sky will be the clearest and before
the more overcast weather sits in. Because of its northerly latitude, in the
height of summer the days will have about 19 hours of daylight before the sun
sets. On the flipside the winters days are short and in the peak up winter
there are only 9 hours of daylight.
December and August in Dublin are generally the wettest months and
record 74mm of precipitation on average for the month. April is, on average,
the driest month of the year recording 45 mm of precipitation for the whole
is hit by strong winds that blow from the Atlantic,
though the storms are much less severe here than they are in other parts of the
country. If Dublin
is to be hit my strong winds it is most likely to occur in the height of
winter. In 1997 on December 24, a region just out of Dublin was hit by winds that gathered speeds
of 151 km/h!
There are plenty of things to keep you busy if
visiting Dublin and find your self in the midst of a rainy windy day, take in
the city streets or take a visit to the original Guinness Brewery-
don't worry it'll be here for awhile as it as a 9,000 year lease on
Dublin is affected by the urban heat phenomenon which means the inner city
is a few degrees warmer than more regional areas. The heat is stored up in the
city centre and will keep it warmer throughout the days.
Any variations in rain or temperature are
due mainly to varying altitude and proximity to the Atlantic.
The east coast sees about 750mm of precipitation, on average, across the year
while the west coast sees 1500mm. In the mountains at higher altitude about
2000mm of precipitation will be recorded, before falling to 800-1200mm in lower
Though it has been stated that Ireland does lack temperature extremes, it is hit by the occasional heat wave. Historically the highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland
was 33.3°C at Kilkenny Castle June 26 1887. During the 20th century, the record high is 32.5°C at Boora, Co. Offaly which was recorded on 29th
Belfast is the capital of NORTHERN IRELAND, and is part of the United Kingdom,
lies on the east coast flanked by hills on its north and north west. Like Dublin
it has a temperature climate, however due to the location further north it sees
more daylight extremes than Dublin.
In fact, during winter solstice the sun will not rise until just before 9am and
will set again by 4pm. Conversely, at the summer solstice in June the sun rises
before 5am and will not set again until after 10pm!
is certainly not a city that you will call ‘hot’ it does witness warmer remarkably
warmer winter temperatures than what you would expect for its latitude. In fact,
at places of the same latitude in Russia
or Canada winter lows reach
a blistering -45 degrees, while in Belfast
winter highs have been known to reach 17 degrees! Winters can see its fair
share of warm days, though on average the maximum reaches on 6 degrees. The
average minimum is about 2 to 3 degrees during the winter months.
Due to its location in close proximity to
hilly ground, Belfast sees more rainfall than Dublin and on average
records 845.8mm of rain per year on 213 days. Summers in Belfast can get quite warm, with temperatures
often reaching into the high 20’s. When you combine this heat with the
rainfall, the humidity can prove to be somewhat uncomfortable so be sure to
pack some light clothing.
Summers generally see highs of 18 degrees
and average minimum temperatures of 9 degrees in June, and 11 degrees in July
and August. July is also the wettest month, recording 94mm of precipitation on
average for the month, while April is the driest- recording 48mm precipitation.
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