Wet Eireann - but
Inishowen bucks trend
SUMMER such that it
was, officially ended on Sunday and was by common
acclaim one of the worst in recent years. Festivals
across Inishowen were washed out in early August,
while a number of sports days had to be postponed
due to torrential rain. While there were some
instances of localised flooding in the peninsula,
Inishowen was spared the worst of the wet weather
that caused havoc in other parts of the country.
While Malin Head had
its wettest summer since 1998 with more than a foot
of rain falling between June and August, it was in
fact the driest spot in Ireland all summer long! Our
southern brothers took an awful drenching during the
Some 324mm (13 inches) of rainfall was recorded at
the Malin Head weather observatory between June and
August, which is around 40% more than average.
However, several other Met Éireann observatories
recorded more than twice their average summertime
rain, with 450mm (18 inches) recorded at Cork
With 123mm (5 inches) of rainfall, Malin Head was
also the driest spot in Ireland during the month of
August. Belmullet in County Mayo recorded the
highest monthly rainfall with 192mm (7.5 inches)
while Dublin Airport had its wettest August day
since records began in 1941 when 76mm (3 inches)
fell on 9 August.
While temperatures at Malin Head were about 1°C
above average for the month as a whole, temperature
did not rise above 20°C on any day during the month.
Sunshine too was below average, with values more
typical of October than August.