August washout: Met Éireann report increased rainfall for last month

The majority of monthly rainfall totals were above their Long-Term Average last month, while temperatures were also higher than usual. The number of wet days ranged from 12 days at Roche's Point, Co Cork to 26 days at a few stations.
August washout: Met Éireann report increased rainfall for last month
Met Éireann recorded above average rainfall for August. Pic: Larry Cummins

In a Met Éireann report for the month of August, our gripe against the weather has been vindicated as the national meteorological service has confirmed that the majority of monthly rainfall totals were above their Long-Term Average (LTA). 

Areas particularly affected by this dismal weather were Athenry, Co Galway, and Newport, Co Mayo. 

These experienced the highest monthly rainfall of 297.3 mm in total and the highest daily rainfall of 48.7 mm, respectively. 

The number of wet days ranged from 12 days at Roche's Point, Co Cork to 26 days at a few stations. 

The number of very wet days ranged from one day at Dublin (Phoenix Park) to 11 days at Athenry, Co Galway.

Compounding this, average temperatures were also significantly higher.

Nearly all mean air temperatures were above their Long-Term Average (LTA) for the month. 

Deviations from mean air temperature for the month ranged from -0.3 °C at Athenry, Co Galway (14.9 °C mean temperature) and Sherkin Island, Co Cork (15.5 °C mean temperature) to 1.1 °C (16.2 °C the month's highest mean temperature) at Dublin (Phoenix Park)(its warmest August since 2004).

Counties which enjoyed the sunniest conditions were primarily in the east of the country.

The highest monthly sunshine total of 190.6 hours occurred in Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin. 

The number of dull days ranged from one day at Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin to eight days at Valentia Observatory, Co Kerry.

As a result of these hot and humid conditions, August saw a number of lightning strikes on the 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and the 12th.

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