THE coldest temperature in the country was recorded in Cork in 2018 on March 1.
A reading of -7c was taken at Cork Airport, the lowest recorded since 2010, according to Met Éireann’s annual report on weather trends. March also brought the unprecedented snowstorms of Storm Emma.
The highest average temperature in the country was recorded in West Cork last year at Sherkin Island. Mean temperatures on the island were 11.2 degrees centigrade in 2018.
Lower than average rainfall levels were recorded across the year, with widespread heatwaves in the summer from late June through to early July.
January and April and the last two months of 2018 were wetter than normal, with the six months from May to October relatively dry. Widespread heavy drifting snowfall occurred from February 28 to March 2 due to Storm Emma.
Annual mean wind speeds ranged from 6.1 knots (11.3 km/h) at Moore Park, Co Cork to 14.9 knots (27.6 km/h) at Malin Head, Donegal.