Cork had the overall warmest weather in the country last month

Cork had the overall warmest weather in the country last month

The weather was warmest in Munster last month, according to Met Éireann's monthly weather report. The country was hit by two storms in December, however. Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

DECEMBER was a milder month than usual, according to Met Éireann's monthly weather report - with areas of Cork experiencing the highest overall temperatures. 

The national forecaster identified that all mean monthly air temperatures across the country were above their Long-Term Average (LTA).

Mean monthly temperatures ranged from 5.2°C at Knock Airport, Co Mayo (0.9°C above its LTA) to 8.4°C at Sherkin Island, Co Cork (0.4°C above its LTA). 

Compounding this, the highest daily sunshine hours was recorded in Cork with 7.3 hours logged at the synoptic weather station in Cork Airport on Tuesday, December 16.

Rainfall was lowest for the month in Leinster, but Cork again achieved a record for the highest daily gust (3-second mean) wind speeds which ranged from 13 km/h to 128 km/h at Roches Point, Co Cork on Sunday, December 8 and at Newport, Co Mayo on the same day at 21:06 UTC, both during Storm Atiyah.

Cork was under an orange wind warning during Storm Atiyah and experienced power outages in certain parts, as well as a number of trees down across the county. 

Thankfully, there were no serious injuries reported as a result of the storm. 

A number of flights from Cork Airport were cancelled on Sunday, December 8 owing to the strong winds, with a number of landings also diverted to Dublin and Shannon.

A second storm, Storm Elsa, hit the country on December 18, which brought strong gusts and heavy rain to much of Ireland. 

Cork was the only county to be issued with an orange wind warning.

The first weekend of the year is expected to stay relatively dry, with just a few outbreaks of drizzle expected. 

Temperatures are forecast to be relatively mild, ranging from about 5-11°C. 

There will be fresh southwesterly winds across Saturday and Sunday which are expected to be strong and gusty near coasts.

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