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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 20 October, 2019
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QUIZ: How much do you know about Ireland's hottest and coldest weather ever?

It was one of the hottest summers in decades.

SUMMER 2018 WAS one of the hottest and driest on record in Ireland, according to Met Éireann’s official statistics.

In the words of the renowned weather programme The Fast Show, it was scorchio.

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But how do those temperatures (all in degrees Celsius) and rainfall amounts compare to the highest and lowest on record?

Test your knowledge.

What was the highest temperature recorded this summer (on 28 June)?
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31.4 degrees
32 degrees

32.7 degrees
Where was it recorded?
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Shannon Airport, Co Clare
Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Cork Airport, Co Cork
What's the highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland (at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887)?
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33.3 degrees
32.8 degrees

34.2 degrees
What's the lowest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland (at Markree Castle, Co Sligo on 16 January 1881)?
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-19.1 degrees
-20.4 degrees

-22.3 degrees
What's the highest number of hours of sunshine recorded in a month in Ireland (at Valentia, Co Kerry in July 1955)?
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299.4 hours
302.6 hours

308.2 hours
What's the lowest number of hours of sunshine recorded in a month in Ireland (at Glencolmcille, Co Donegal in January 1974)?
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6.4 hours
8.4 hours

10.4 hours
What was the total summer rainfall recorded at Cork Airport this year (the driest summer on record there)?
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102.4mm
109.5mm

111.7mm
What's the highest annual rainfall ever recorded in Ireland (at Ballaghbeama Gap, Co Kerry in 1960)?
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3274.9mm
3574.9mm

3964.9mm
What's the lowest annual rainfall ever recorded in Ireland (at Glasnevin, Dublin in 1887)?
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296.6mm
356.6mm

478.9mm
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All figures via Met Éireann. 

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