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Dublin: 10 °C Friday 22 March, 2019
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Ireland's hottest place in 2014 was...

Hot, wet and windy. That’s pretty much how you’d describe Ireland’s weather last year.

Met Éireann's climate station at Durrow, Co. Laois.
Met Éireann's climate station at Durrow, Co. Laois.

THE HOTTEST SPOT in Ireland last year was Durrow, Co. Laois which peaked at 28.8 degrees on 25 July.

The maximum temperature came in a year that was that warmest since 2007.

Met Éireann says that 2014 was a pretty extreme year for weather in Ireland, with temperature, rain, sunshine and gusts all above what is considered normal.

The warmest months compared to average were in April and September with a differences of between 1 and 2 degrees reported. August, by comparison, was 1.5 degrees cooler than is normal for that time of year.

Dublin had an average temperature of 10.5 degrees throughout the year, the warmest since 2007 and second warmest since 1855.

On the other end of the scale, the coldest temperature recorded in 2014 happened as late as last week when temperatures dropped to -6.9 degrees in Mullingar.

Wet

Parts of the Midlands, the east, southwest and south reported the wettest year for five or six years, while Mullingar reported its highest rainfall total since 2002

Laois again comes top in the climate stakes with the wettest day of the year recorded in Clonaslee on 1 August when nearly 10cm of rain fell.

Overall, Dublin was the driest part of the country, with the Phoenix Park station notching up just 84cm of rain over the course of 2014.

Wind

The strongest gust of 2014 was recorded at Shannon Airport on 12 February when a 159 km/h blast became the strongest single gust since 1961.

On the same day, hurricane force winds (sustained 10-minute winds of greater than 64 knots) were reported at Mace Head of 65 knots (120 km/h), equalling the fifth highest wind speed recorded in Ireland.

Read: Watch your step: Icy paths and roads after freezing overnight temperatures >

Read: Grab that hot water bottle… it’s set to be a cold night >

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