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The Climate of Ireland

The climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of extreme temperature. The country receives generally warm summers and mild winters and is considerably warmest than other areas on it’s latitude, this is due to the Gulf Stream. The warmest are are found along the south west coast, Valentia Island, has the highest annual mean temperature 10.4oC/50.7oF

Rainfall is extremely common throughout Ireland, although some parts of the west coast receive over four times as much rain as the east coast. Rainfall normally comes from the Atlantic frontal systems which travels north east over the island, bringing cloud and rain. The wettest months almost everywhere are December and January, with April and June been the driest.

Severe cold weather is uncommon in Ireland, although hills and mountainous regions in the country can see up to 30 days of snowfall annually, most low lying regions of the island only see a few days of lying snow per year.

The warmest areas are found along the south west coast, Valentia Island, (closest weather station to the Dingle area) has the highest annual mean temperature 10oC – 50.7oF.

However in recent years there has been a significant increase in prolonged “cold snaps”in which heavy snow does fall across Ireland for several weeks.

The least snowy weather station is that in Valentia Island, which receives on average 5.6 days of snow per year.

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