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Parts of Ireland see wettest winter on record after heavy flooding

Over 300% more rain than average was reported in some areas of the south in December.

Stefano Fedele from Italy takes a closer look at the massive waves created by Storm Frank's gale force winds at Bray Harbour on New Year's Day.
Stefano Fedele from Italy takes a closer look at the massive waves created by Storm Frank's gale force winds at Bray Harbour on New Year's Day.
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PARTS OF IRELAND have experienced their wettest winter since records began, according to a new report from Met Éireann.

Over half of the country’s weather stations reported their rainiest ever winters after a series of storms triggered months of flooding nationwide.

Both Dublin Airport and Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford, surpassed their records since they opened 74 years ago, recording rainfall total of 371.6 millimetres and 514.6 millimetres respectively.

Malin Head reported its wettest winter in 131 years with a seasonal accumulation of 567.3 millimetres.

Rainfall totals recorded in all stations were above their long-term season averages, with double or more than average rain in parts of the south, east and southeast midlands.

December was the wettest winter month with over 300% more rain than average in parts of the south.

Storm Frank brought the season’s highest sustained winds, reaching 102 kilometres an hour at Sherkin Island on 20 December, while the sunniest winter day in 12 years was reported at Cork Airport on 24 February.

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