Cork broke several weather records during the month of August, Met Éireann has revealed 

Cork broke several weather records during the month of August, Met Éireann has revealed 

People are hit by waves on the Front Strand in Youghal, Co. Cork on Wednesday August 19. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The final month of the summer brought wild weather conditions countrywide, but Cork was on the more extreme end of the spectrum, Met Éireann's monthly climate report has revealed.

Last month was warm, humid and cloudy with two named storms in the final third of the month.

Storm Ellen, a record breaking deep Atlantic low pressure system, which contained the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle, brought widespread gales and heavy rain or showers, sometimes thundery, across the country between August 19 and 21. 

After a brief respite, another deep Atlantic low-pressure system, Storm Francis, brought very heavy rainfall and gales across the country late on August 24 and into the next day.

Countrywide, there was more rain than is typical for August, with rainfall values ranging from 95% (monthly rainfall total of 100.1 mm) at Finner, Co Donegal to 215% (monthly rainfall total of 189.7 mm) at Sherkin Island, Cork -its wettest August since 1986. 

As well as this, nearly all mean air temperatures were above their LTA for August.

Two weather stations in Cork recorded their warmest August since 2003. 

Moore Park had a mean temperature of 16.2 °C (0.8 °C above its LTA) whilst the weather station at Cork Airport recorded a mean temperature of 15.6 °C (0.5 °C above its LTA).

Cork broke another record in August for having both the month's highest gust and 10-minute mean wind speed.

These were reported at Roche's Point on August 19 during Storm Ellen. 

The highest gust was 77 knots (143 km/h) while the month's highest 10-minute mean wind speed was 60 knots (111 km/h).

"This is the highest gust and highest 10-minute mean wind speed ever recorded in Ireland during August," Met Éireann said. 

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