ANNUAL SUMMARY 2012 (Metéireann, )

ANNUAL SUMMARY 2012 (Metéireann, )



7 January 2013
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The first three months of the year and August reported above average mean temperatures, with remaining months of the year reporting colder than normal conditions in most places. March was the warmest month, relative to average, with deviations from normal above 2.0°C at some Dublin stations and in parts of the West and Southwest. These stations reported it as the warmest March in at least 50 years. October was the most relatively cold month, with mean temperature as much as -2.0°C below average and the majority of stations in the Northern half of the country reporting the coldest October since 1993 (19 years). Overall, annual mean temperatures were mostly on, or slightly below average with a few stations in the West, Southwest and Dublin reporting slightly above average. Mean temperatures ranged from 8.7°C at Knock Airport, its coldest year since 2001 (11 years) to 11.0°C at Sherkin Island and Valentia Observatory. The majority of annual highest maximum temperatures were recorded during the months of May, July and August. The highest temperature of 2012* was 28.3°C at Ardfert (Liscahane), Co. Kerry on May 25th, its highest June and annual maximum since 2006 (6 years). Other stations in the West and Southwest also reported their highest annual maxima in six years on the 25th May. Most lowest temperatures were recorded in February, October and December with the lowest temperature this year* of -6.7°C recorded at both Thomastown (Mt. Juliet), Co. Kilkenny and Carrickmacross (Dunoge),Co. Monaghan during a cold spell the start of February, with Derrygreenagh, Co. Offaly recording the lowest grass minimum temperature of -12.2°C at the same time. >> More

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