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July 2012. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Irish weather station records coldest July in 40 years

Latest Met Éireann stats show July was the coldest in Ireland for years – and had above-average rainfall.

IRISH WEATHER STATIONS recorded their coldest and wettest July in years according to newly released data from Met Éireann.

Malin Head’s mean temperature for the month of 13 ° C is its lowest in 40 years and 1.3 ° C below its average.

Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford recorded 7.4 ­° C on 12 July – the station’s lowest July minimum since 1986 – while stations around the country recorded their lowest minimum July temperatures in eight to 16 years.

Meanwhile, rainfall was above average across Ireland, but the south appears to have borne the brunt of the wet weather: the number of days which had rainfall of 1mm or more ranged from 14 in the south-east to more than 20 days in the south-west.

The highest daily rainfall was recorded at Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry on the last day of the month at 32.1 mm, and the station recorded the highest total rainfall for the month of 169.1mm.

Sunshine levels were also below average for July in Ireland. Even though Dublin Airport recorded the most sunshine of any weather station last month at just under 138 hours, this represents its dullest July since 2003.

The lowest percentage sunshine value was recorded at Knock Airport, with 67 per cent. It was the airport’s coldest July in 14 years, with mean temperatures for the month of 12.6 ° C.

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