Parts of Cork had their driest July since 1989

Parts of Cork had their driest July since 1989

Senior Lifeguard, James O'Mahony on duty at Fountainstown early last month during the spell of warm and dry weather. Met Éireann said parts of Cork recorded their lowest levels of rainfall since 1989. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Cork had a very warm, dry July, according to Met Éireann who said there were above-average temperatures across the county and very little rainfall in Cork.

The weather station at Sherkin Island recorded its driest July since 1989 with just 33.9mm of rain falling in the entire month.

Roches Point recorded the lowest rainfall in the entire country, at just 32.5mm, its lowest since 2014.

Fermoy was the only weather station in the country to record zero 'very wet days' when rainfall passed 10mm of rain.

The month's highest temperature was reported at Dublin (Phoenix Park) on July 22 with a temperature of 26.6 °C. Both the month's lowest air and grass minimum temperature were recorded on July 3 at Markree, Co Sligo.

In terms of sunshine, it was sunniest in the South and East. A percentage of the monthly sunshine values ranged from 80% (the month's lowest monthly sunshine total of 105.9 hours) at Knock Airport, Co Mayo to 119% (monthly sunshine total of 183.2 hours) at Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin.

Monthly sunshine totals were as much as 198.4 hours at Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford.

The highest number of daily sunshine hours recorded this month was 15.7 hours at Belmullet, Co Mayo on July 14. The number of dull days ranged from two days at Dublin Airport to nine days at Knock Airport, Co Mayo.

All air temperatures across the country were above their Long-Term Average (LTA) for the month, but we are certainly making up for it at the moment with rain forecast for the week.

Today is expected to be a showery day, heavy and frequent rain before easing off later in the day with temperatures hitting 17 to 20 degrees with a moderate southwest wind, gusty around showers.

Wednesday is also meant to be full of scattered showers with the showers becoming more frequent and widespread by afternoon.

Wednesday night is predicted to be dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells. A few mist and fog patches forming under light southwest to west breezes, lows of 9 to 12 Celsius.

Thursday is expected to be the best day of the week, with a mix of bright or sunny spells and just the isolated shower.

Top temperatures are expected to reach 18 to 22 Celsius.

Unfortunately, the good weather is not to last with Thursday night being cloudy with heavy and persistent rain and thunder likely over southern areas.

The weekend is staying changeable with showers and longer spells of rain and average temperatures for the time of year.

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