Cork had the highest daily rainfall in the country last month

Cork had the highest daily rainfall in the country last month
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay in Cork city last month. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Unsettled weather dominated much of last month, as frontal depressions moved in from the Atlantic over Ireland. 

Met Éireann’s monthly climate report indicates that whilst the East of the country bore the brunt of the rainfall, Cork experienced the highest daily rainfall on November 20. 

In Cork Airport, 33.7mm of rain fell - that’s 28% of the Long Term Average (LTA). 

Indeed the country as a whole experienced rainfall above the Long Term Averages.

Whilst spot flooding did occur in Cork in areas such as Father Matthew Quay on November 26 at high tide, it was nothing compared to the devastating floods that occurred a decade prior.

Flooding on the Grand Parade Cork in 2009. Picture: Pat Good
Flooding on the Grand Parade Cork in 2009. Picture: Pat Good

Percentage of monthly rainfall values ranged from 64% (the lowest monthly rainfall total of 81.9 mm) at Finner, Co Donegal to 237 % (the highest monthly rainfall total of 173.0 mm ) at Dublin Airport - its wettest November since 2002.

Similarly, November was also a month that was colder than usual, with all mean air temperatures across the country reported as below their LTA.

Mean temperatures for the month ranged from 5.5 °C (0.7 °C below its LTA) at Knock Airport, Co Mayo to 8.7 °C (0.8 °C below its LTA) at Sherkin Island, Co Cork.

The number of days with ground frost ranged from 1 day at Roche's Point, Co Cork to 19 days at Oak Park, Co Carlow. More than half of stations reported air frost.

Despite the wet and cold conditions, Cork did experience some winter sunshine last month.

The highest daily sunshine was recorded at 8.1 hrs at Cork Airport on November 15 and fortunately, the dry spell lasted long enough for Corkonians to enjoy the Christmas lights being switched on two days later on November 17. 

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