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Is there ever a whole sunny day in Ireland?

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,957 ✭✭✭Dots1982


    doolox wrote: »
    On the East Coast they get about 200 rainy days a year. The west Coast gets 300 rainy days a year. A good weather pattern depends on when you get your average of 40 depressions ( rain ) and 7 highs ( dry ) in any year. You should hope to get your high pressure events in June or July or August as this will bring warm sunny weather ( Warm = about 20 deg C ). Getting these highs in winter = frost, temps below 0 degrees. In order to have a mild frost free winter you should hope to have most of the depressions happening in the winter from Nov to March.

    If the opposite happens and you get a series of depressions in the Summer then you can have very wet cold and useless summer where everyone has to stay indoors, stuff is hard to dry and gets mouldy you have to dry your laundry indoors all the time and get mould everywhere and everyone is in a foul mood.....

    Because of its unpredictable weather Ireland has a very high rate of suicide, alcoholism, depression and people not inclined to plan too far ahead. Outdoor activities are not as plentiful as in other better countries and tend to be very active, hurling our national team sport is among the fastest games in the world. People play fast to stay warm. Our national dance is also very fast.

    Whisky in Ireland and Scotland is known as the water of life as it was considered a lifesaver in the days before decent housing and central heating. The russians with their even more appalling climate have a similar calamatous relationship with alcohol due to the need to keep warm by any means possible.

    Irelands climate is similar to the US northwest coast, Washington State and Oregan, dominated by rain. Also parts of the European low countries England and Scotland have rainy, depressing weather.

    That's one of the most amazing answers I've ever read on boards


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    armabelle wrote: »
    that is great.. and it does look sunny in 95... but perhaps that was a strangely sunny summer? I guess the only way to know would be to compare it with preceding or succeeding years

    1995 remains in everybody's (who was alive cause I wasn't sadly) memories for being the best summer ever in Ireland (though sometimes it can battle with 1976 as that title). Since that Summer, only Summers 2006 and 2013 come close to how great that one was whilst 1996, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2014 were pleasant (though not even close as good). Sunshine wise, here's my percentage of LTA sunshine during each Summer since 1995.

    1996 - 109% (June was 131% - so that brought it up)
    1997 - 91%
    1998 - 89%
    1999 - 97% (July was 123% - if it were even 10% higher, the whole Summer would be sunnier than normal)
    2000 - 102%
    2001 - 93%
    2002 - 78% (exceptionally dull)
    2003 - 107% (August was 126%)
    2004 - 96%
    2005 - 90%
    2006 - 119%
    2007 - 93%
    2008 - 86%
    2009 - 105%
    2010 - 112%
    2011 - 101%
    2012 - 91%
    2013 - 116%
    2014 - 111%
    2015 - 98%

    You can clearly see the dullest and sunniest summers in recent times here ^.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    Armabelle, would you do anything to have a Summer like 2006 again? Here's why:

    In Summer 2006, I went on a holiday to Donabate and I stayed there throughout the month of July. There was about 17 days of non-stop sunshine, not a cloud in the sky! Temperatures did not fail to reach 20c in July 2006 except on one day here! I reached 25c or more on about 14 days - it was my warmest July on record (2013 did not beat it). Man I would do anything to have weather like this again! It didn't feel like I was in Ireland...


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    FalconGirl wrote: »
    I think the weather has been steadily worsening the last 15-20 years. I was in southern Spain a few weeks ago and felt so energized and upbeat by the sun. Came back here and felt instant sluggishness and difficult to be motivated. Seriously considering the move to a warmer climate. Our weather is the pits.

    the weather has become very significantly wetter in the past fifteen to twenty years , ask any farmer and no one knows more about weather than farmers

    if this trend continues , a situation will likely arise where the entire province of connacht is good for nothing bar forestry , traditional farming is becoming a huge challenge in the west

    i was born in the east but live in galway now , nothing can prepare you for how much it rains here


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    sryanbruen wrote: »
    1995 remains in everybody's (who was alive cause I wasn't sadly) memories for being the best summer ever in Ireland (though sometimes it can battle with 1976 as that title). Since that Summer, only Summers 2006 and 2013 come close to how great that one was whilst 1996, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2014 were pleasant (though not even close as good). Sunshine wise, here's my percentage of LTA sunshine during each Summer since 1995.

    1996 - 109% (June was 131% - so that brought it up)
    1997 - 91%
    1998 - 89%
    1999 - 97% (July was 123% - if it were even 10% higher, the whole Summer would be sunnier than normal)
    2000 - 102%
    2001 - 93%
    2002 - 78% (exceptionally dull)
    2003 - 107% (August was 126%)
    2004 - 96%
    2005 - 90%
    2006 - 119%
    2007 - 93%
    2008 - 86%
    2009 - 105%
    2010 - 112%
    2011 - 101%
    2012 - 91%
    2013 - 116%
    2014 - 111%
    2015 - 98%

    You can clearly see the dullest and sunniest summers in recent times here ^.


    i preferred 2014 to 2013 , the good weather of 2014 lasted until the beginning of november , it was the best autumn i can ever remember , july 2013 was however the best month i can remember since 1995 , july 2006 was also amazing , oh and april 2007


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,092 ✭✭✭catbear


    I remember 07 and 08 as being just depressingly grey, not especially wet just unrelentingly dull.

    02 though did my head in. I'd got the offer a lovely house in the countryside and so had great plans for getting fit and generally enjoying the country air. I tried to go jogging everyday but every fecking day it rained and it was cold rain.
    I gave up and moved back to town by August!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    i preferred 2014 to 2013 , the good weather of 2014 lasted until the beginning of november , it was the best autumn i can ever remember , july 2013 was however the best month i can remember since 1995 , july 2006 was also amazing , oh and april 2007

    I don't say 2014 was that great overall because of AUGUST. August 2014 was my second wettest August on record and it made that whole Summer wet overall! It was also my fifth wettest month on record. Over 80mm on just the second day of the month!

    Autumn 2010 was the best Autumn ever for me. Reasons why

    1. Sunshine - Apart from the first 3 weekends of September and the periods October 26th-29th and November 1st-4th, sunshine wasn't absent during Autumn. It was my sunniest on record. I remember each day very well!!!! September was the second sunniest on record whilst October and November were the sunniest on record. October 11th was a day I will never forget!! It was over 20c with a full day of sunshine and plenty of good things happened to me on that day.

    2. The November snowfall - The end of November 2010's snowfall brought joy to me. It was the best snowfall I ever experienced in my life (due to also with the sunshine because in the following December whenever it snowed, it was cloudy). It truly was a Winter wonderland!

    3. The warmth on some days in the sunshine. Though temperatures weren't particularly high, the sunshine made it feel like Summer. Days that this happened included September 1st-3rd, 14th, 25th, 26th, October 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 24th, 25th, November 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th and 15th. September 2nd and October 11th stand out to me the best.

    Autumn 2011 the following one was my second favourite surprisingly (because it was very dull...). The October 24th flood was remarkable and interesting whilst the September heat at the end was something I hadn't seen such late in the year since 2003. After school on September 28th, 2011, we decided to go to the beach as temperatures hit 25c! and sunshine was blazing! It is still the only day in September to this day that I have gone to the beach.

    Plus catbear, 2007 and 2008 (well 2008 kind of) weren't about the dull conditions, they were about the wet conditions. Comparing each month during these summers to my records:

    2007

    June - the third wettest on record
    July - the second wettest on record
    August - the seventh wettest on record

    2008

    June - the seventh wettest on record
    July - the third wettest on record
    August - the wettest on record

    The months that stand out to me sunshine wise:

    September 2015
    April 2015
    January 2015
    July 2014
    June 2014
    July 2013
    September 2012
    March 2012
    June 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    January 2010
    June 2009
    May 2009
    October 2008
    May 2008

    I could go on and on and on and on! At the end of the day, I don't think Ireland is a terrible country for sunshine, we just don't get as much! Like there are a lot duller ones.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,092 ✭✭✭catbear


    for what it's worth I spent the last few years in a desert, once it didn't rain for 5 months. I can still remember knowing the instant the first drops fell, it was glorious!

    I have a different appreciation of our weather now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭armabelle


    catbear wrote: »
    for what it's worth I spent the last few years in a desert, once it didn't rain for 5 months. I can still remember knowing the instant the first drops fell, it was glorious!

    I have a different appreciation of our weather now.

    I think good weather means variation. You need the rain but you also need the sun. Too much of either is bad too little of either is also bad


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    catbear wrote: »
    I remember 07 and 08 as being just depressingly grey, not especially wet just unrelentingly dull.

    02 though did my head in. I'd got the offer a lovely house in the countryside and so had great plans for getting fit and generally enjoying the country air. I tried to go jogging everyday but every fecking day it rained and it was cold rain.
    I gave up and moved back to town by August!

    2008 was incredibly wet in summer , it wasnt just dull , 2002 was an awful summer too but no summer was ever as bad as 2012 or at least not in galway where i now live

    2013 was the worst spring ive ever experienced , we didnt have one , we skipped from winter in the third week of may to lovely summer weather by early june

    2016 is the second worst spring i can remember and like 2012 - 2013 , its been raining for six months if you exclude the dry spell which lasted until good friday gone by


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  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    sryanbruen wrote: »
    I don't say 2014 was that great overall because of AUGUST. August 2014 was my second wettest August on record and it made that whole Summer wet overall! It was also my fifth wettest month on record. Over 80mm on just the second day of the month!

    Autumn 2010 was the best Autumn ever for me. Reasons why

    1. Sunshine - Apart from the first 3 weekends of September and the periods October 26th-29th and November 1st-4th, sunshine wasn't absent during Autumn. It was my sunniest on record. I remember each day very well!!!! September was the second sunniest on record whilst October and November were the sunniest on record. October 11th was a day I will never forget!! It was over 20c with a full day of sunshine and plenty of good things happened to me on that day.

    2. The November snowfall - The end of November 2010's snowfall brought joy to me. It was the best snowfall I ever experienced in my life (due to also with the sunshine because in the following December whenever it snowed, it was cloudy). It truly was a Winter wonderland!

    3. The warmth on some days in the sunshine. Though temperatures weren't particularly high, the sunshine made it feel like Summer. Days that this happened included September 1st-3rd, 14th, 25th, 26th, October 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 24th, 25th, November 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th and 15th. September 2nd and October 11th stand out to me the best.

    Autumn 2011 the following one was my second favourite surprisingly (because it was very dull...). The October 24th flood was remarkable and interesting whilst the September heat at the end was something I hadn't seen such late in the year since 2003. After school on September 28th, 2011, we decided to go to the beach as temperatures hit 25c! and sunshine was blazing! It is still the only day in September to this day that I have gone to the beach.

    Plus catbear, 2007 and 2008 (well 2008 kind of) weren't about the dull conditions, they were about the wet conditions. Comparing each month during these summers to my records:

    2007

    June - the third wettest on record
    July - the second wettest on record
    August - the seventh wettest on record

    2008

    June - the seventh wettest on record
    July - the third wettest on record
    August - the wettest on record

    The months that stand out to me sunshine wise:

    September 2015
    April 2015
    January 2015
    July 2014
    June 2014
    July 2013
    September 2012
    March 2012
    June 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    January 2010
    June 2009
    May 2009
    October 2008
    May 2008

    I could go on and on and on and on! At the end of the day, I don't think Ireland is a terrible country for sunshine, we just don't get as much! Like there are a lot duller ones.


    where i live is very very high up and appears to have its own micro climate , without question 2014 was the best ever september and october spell in my memory , the summer of 2014 was nothing too memorable here , most of my brothers and sisters live in dublin and they spoke of a great summer in 2014 , as warm as 2013 in july , i didnt experience anything close to 2013 in terms of heat in the summer of 2014


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    catbear wrote: »
    for what it's worth I spent the last few years in a desert, once it didn't rain for 5 months. I can still remember knowing the instant the first drops fell, it was glorious!

    I have a different appreciation of our weather now.

    when you benchmark anything against very bad examples , you will rarely ever be disapointed


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    sryanbruen wrote: »
    I don't say 2014 was that great overall because of AUGUST. August 2014 was my second wettest August on record and it made that whole Summer wet overall! It was also my fifth wettest month on record. Over 80mm on just the second day of the month!

    Autumn 2010 was the best Autumn ever for me. Reasons why

    1. Sunshine - Apart from the first 3 weekends of September and the periods October 26th-29th and November 1st-4th, sunshine wasn't absent during Autumn. It was my sunniest on record. I remember each day very well!!!! September was the second sunniest on record whilst October and November were the sunniest on record. October 11th was a day I will never forget!! It was over 20c with a full day of sunshine and plenty of good things happened to me on that day.

    2. The November snowfall - The end of November 2010's snowfall brought joy to me. It was the best snowfall I ever experienced in my life (due to also with the sunshine because in the following December whenever it snowed, it was cloudy). It truly was a Winter wonderland!

    3. The warmth on some days in the sunshine. Though temperatures weren't particularly high, the sunshine made it feel like Summer. Days that this happened included September 1st-3rd, 14th, 25th, 26th, October 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 24th, 25th, November 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th and 15th. September 2nd and October 11th stand out to me the best.

    Autumn 2011 the following one was my second favourite surprisingly (because it was very dull...). The October 24th flood was remarkable and interesting whilst the September heat at the end was something I hadn't seen such late in the year since 2003. After school on September 28th, 2011, we decided to go to the beach as temperatures hit 25c! and sunshine was blazing! It is still the only day in September to this day that I have gone to the beach.

    Plus catbear, 2007 and 2008 (well 2008 kind of) weren't about the dull conditions, they were about the wet conditions. Comparing each month during these summers to my records:

    2007

    June - the third wettest on record
    July - the second wettest on record
    August - the seventh wettest on record

    2008

    June - the seventh wettest on record
    July - the third wettest on record
    August - the wettest on record

    The months that stand out to me sunshine wise:

    September 2015
    April 2015
    January 2015
    July 2014
    June 2014
    July 2013
    September 2012
    March 2012
    June 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    January 2010
    June 2009
    May 2009
    October 2008
    May 2008

    I could go on and on and on and on! At the end of the day, I don't think Ireland is a terrible country for sunshine, we just don't get as much! Like there are a lot duller ones.

    ireland is not one climate , dublin has a good climate by irish standards , waterford an even better one

    connacht ( along wiith donegal and west kerry ) has a shockingly dull , wet and windy climate


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    ireland is not one climate , dublin has a good climate by irish standards , waterford an even better one

    connacht ( along wiith donegal and west kerry ) has a shockingly dull , wet and windy climate

    I feel like Knock Airport has its own climate because of how astonishingly dull it was in 2014 and 2015 - its two dullest years on record.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    where i live is very very high up and appears to have its own micro climate , without question 2014 was the best ever september and october spell in my memory , the summer of 2014 was nothing too memorable here , most of my brothers and sisters live in dublin and they spoke of a great summer in 2014 , as warm as 2013 in july , i didnt experience anything close to 2013 in terms of heat in the summer of 2014

    I don't know where you're getting that October 2014 was great :pac::pac:. October 2014 was largely wet and warm but dull (except in Dublin). The only thing I can really remember great about that month was the warmest Halloween on record.


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    sryanbruen wrote: »
    I don't know where you're getting that October 2014 was great :pac::pac:. October 2014 was largely wet and warm but dull (except in Dublin). The only thing I can really remember great about that month was the warmest Halloween on record.

    i own a small sheep farm in galway , autumn of 2014 was incredible for growing grass , maybe im reminiscing about the warmth , this spring is chronically bad in terms of growth , you couldnt feed a goat outside


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,781 ✭✭✭✭Discodog


    joujoujou wrote: »
    In the West.

    My own station stats just for last 2 years:

    2015 - 307 wet days.
    2014 - 319 wet days. That does not mean there was no rain at all the other days and/or you're well prepared to do your job even when it's wet. :)

    365-10=355. So still 55 days of dry weather left until 300 day figure. :p

    I used to work outdoors in the UK & people warned me about moving to Galway. I work 5 days per week unless the rain is all day which is unusual. Wet days could mean a spot of drizzle or a downpour. I really don't find the weather to be any worse than it was in the UK.

    A lot of the wet days ,ie 24 hours, will involve rain during the night. Also, as the sunshine map shows, there is a big difference between the coastal strip, from Oranmore to the West & the higher land.


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    sryanbruen wrote: »
    I feel like Knock Airport has its own climate because of how astonishingly dull it was in 2014 and 2015 - its two dullest years on record.

    2015 where i live wasnt near as bad as 2012 but i doubt it was much warmer , growth was awful for summer yet in the east of the country farmers grew bumper crops


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    Discodog wrote: »
    I used to work outdoors in the UK & people warned me about moving to Galway. I work 5 days per week unless the rain is all day which is unusual. Wet days could mean a spot of drizzle or a downpour. I really don't find the weather to be any worse than it was in the UK.

    A lot of the wet days ,ie 24 hours, will involve rain during the night. Also, as the sunshine map shows, there is a big difference between the coastal strip, from Oranmore to the West & the higher land.

    a neighbour of mine is from the north of england , he would always say that while the north of england is a good bit wetter than london for example , its dubai compared to galway , unless your from north west scotland , i really dont know how anyone could think galway is no wetter


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    i own a small sheep farm in galway , autumn of 2014 was incredible for growing grass , maybe im reminiscing about the warmth , this spring is chronically bad in terms of growth , you couldnt feed a goat outside

    Here's Autumn 2014 at my area (quite similar in your area except drier) to confirm was it the warmth you're reminiscing about.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,138 ✭✭✭trixychic


    This thread is hilarious. I'm not being mean but i originally thought it was a troll. After reading through and realising its not I'm in bits. Irish always talk about 1 thing.... the weather. Because it never stops changing.

    Yesterday my 2 boys started the day off on shorts outside playing then ended up in looking at torrential hailstones. Ha. Maddness!!!

    Last summer we had 2 wks of beautiful weather after the schools for out... for which my boys were in with chicken pox. Then it rained an awful lot.

    I also remember summer of 2007. I did me leaving cert. Goregeous weather everyday til my last exam... then poured for the rest of it. The beginning of September is generally lovely too.

    You never know what your gonna get in Ireland. Welcome!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    trixychic wrote: »
    This thread is hilarious. I'm not being mean but i originally thought it was a troll. After reading through and realising its not I'm in bits. Irish always talk about 1 thing.... the weather. Because it never stops changing.

    Yesterday my 2 boys started the day off on shorts outside playing then ended up in looking at torrential hailstones. Ha. Maddness!!!

    Last summer we had 2 wks of beautiful weather after the schools for out... for which my boys were in with chicken pox. Then it rained an awful lot.

    I also remember summer of 2007. I did me leaving cert. Goregeous weather everyday til my last exam... then poured for the rest of it. The beginning of September is generally lovely too.

    You never know what your gonna get in Ireland. Welcome!!!!

    Well the start of June 2007 was a mix.

    The 1st - 3rd: Very unsettled period. Some places recorded up to 60mm on the 2nd and 3rd. Parts of the southwest had 40mm on the 2nd whilst the east like Dublin had over 30mm on the 3rd.

    The 4th - 11th: A much more settled period with relentless sunshine from time to time (though not everywhere) and warmth. However, it was the only such spell of that awful Summer. This is the "gorgeous" weather you're talking 'bout.

    As then from June 11th - July 29th, it rained somewhere in the country on each day! You can check June 2007 in the attachment below to jog your memory back!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,138 ✭✭✭trixychic


    Oh and can I just add. If the weather starts to go above 28deg C alot of us will complain. I can't personally take that kind of heat. I love 20-26 deg C. But that's it.


  • Site Banned Posts: 11 jims_addiction


    trixychic wrote: »
    Oh and can I just add. If the weather starts to go above 28deg C alot of us will complain. I can't personally take that kind of heat. I love 20-26 deg C. But that's it.

    just as well that only happens once per decade then

    im ok with tempretures in the high teens , i just wish it would stop raining so much and it is raining much more nowadays


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,781 ✭✭✭✭Discodog


    From the Met Eireann Website.

    The general impression is that it rains quite a lot of the time in Ireland but in fact two out of three hourly observations will not report any measurable rainfall. The average number of wet days (days with more than 1mm of rain) ranges from about 150 days a year along the east and south-east coasts, to about 225 days a year in parts of the west.

    Unlike the rain in many other countries, especially in the tropics, average hourly rainfall amounts in Ireland are quite low, ranging from 1 to 2mm. Short-term rates can of course be much higher: for example, an hourly total of 10mm is not uncommon and totals of 15 to 20mm in an hour may be expected to occur once in 5 years. Hourly totals exceeding 25mm are rare in this country and when they do occur they are usually associated with heavy thunderstorms.


    People are obsessed by the weather & it depends on your personality. I am a positive person so I see a bright day with a few showers as a nice day others might say that it's another wet day. Outdoor workers here are hopelessly dressed for wet weather. Typically you see the lad in the rain soaked hoody.

    I live 20 mins from one of the best cites in the World & I can walk along the coast for miles & see no one. That is very special & these day very rare. Even today, by looking at the rainfall radar, I was able to walk for over an hour & stay totally dry.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,138 ✭✭✭trixychic


    Read through some more there. (It has me in stitches!!!!) St Patrick's day this yr was a miracle!!!! Gorgeous weather all round....

    But I now realise what you mean when you say "a whole sunny day" is a day in which when you wake in the morning till you go to sleep in the night that there is not a cloud in the sky, no overcast bits.... I am living here since birth im 1990.... I remember very very very few of these days. In total. No guarantee you'll get more than one of these a yr... if your lucky.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,462 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen


    trixychic wrote: »
    Read through some more there. (It has me in stitches!!!!) St Patrick's day this yr was a miracle!!!! Gorgeous weather all round....

    But I now realise what you mean when you say "a whole sunny day" is a day in which when you wake in the morning till you go to sleep in the night that there is not a cloud in the sky, no overcast bits.... I am living here since birth im 1990.... I remember very very very few of these days. In total. No guarantee you'll get more than one of these a yr... if your lucky.

    I can remember plenty :P. I haven't a clue what people are talking 'bout.


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    Discodog wrote: »
    From the Met Eireann Website.

    The general impression is that it rains quite a lot of the time in Ireland but in fact two out of three hourly observations will not report any measurable rainfall. The average number of wet days (days with more than 1mm of rain) ranges from about 150 days a year along the east and south-east coasts, to about 225 days a year in parts of the west.

    Unlike the rain in many other countries, especially in the tropics, average hourly rainfall amounts in Ireland are quite low, ranging from 1 to 2mm. Short-term rates can of course be much higher: for example, an hourly total of 10mm is not uncommon and totals of 15 to 20mm in an hour may be expected to occur once in 5 years. Hourly totals exceeding 25mm are rare in this country and when they do occur they are usually associated with heavy thunderstorms.


    People are obsessed by the weather & it depends on your personality. I am a positive person so I see a bright day with a few showers as a nice day others might say that it's another wet day. Outdoor workers here are hopelessly dressed for wet weather. Typically you see the lad in the rain soaked hoody.

    I live 20 mins from one of the best cites in the World & I can walk along the coast for miles & see no one. That is very special & these day very rare. Even today, by looking at the rainfall radar, I was able to walk for over an hour & stay totally dry.


    no offense but anyone who refers to galway as one of the best cities in the world is not going to be too hard to please when it comes to weather or anything else

    weather reports will work off averages in a small country like ireland , in reality there is a very large difference between the climate of west waterford and west galway


  • Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭sumtings


    Discodog wrote: »
    From the Met Eireann Website.

    The general impression is that it rains quite a lot of the time in Ireland but in fact two out of three hourly observations will not report any measurable rainfall. The average number of wet days (days with more than 1mm of rain) ranges from about 150 days a year along the east and south-east coasts, to about 225 days a year in parts of the west.

    Unlike the rain in many other countries, especially in the tropics, average hourly rainfall amounts in Ireland are quite low, ranging from 1 to 2mm. Short-term rates can of course be much higher: for example, an hourly total of 10mm is not uncommon and totals of 15 to 20mm in an hour may be expected to occur once in 5 years. Hourly totals exceeding 25mm are rare in this country and when they do occur they are usually associated with heavy thunderstorms.


    People are obsessed by the weather & it depends on your personality. I am a positive person so I see a bright day with a few showers as a nice day others might say that it's another wet day. Outdoor workers here are hopelessly dressed for wet weather. Typically you see the lad in the rain soaked hoody.

    I live 20 mins from one of the best cites in the World & I can walk along the coast for miles & see no one. That is very special & these day very rare. Even today, by looking at the rainfall radar, I was able to walk for over an hour & stay totally dry.


    The rainfall radar is a must, it has transformed my outdoor experience; that and the cloud cover satellite images, along with the short range forecasts mean that if you're lucky enough not to have to be somewhere at a particular time, you can really make the best of what Ireland has to offer. Days like today and Desmond do make it difficult, and living on the east coast is definitely a plus, but some of us here in the West aren't making it up when we say we can enjoy what's thrown at us. That said I'm not stupid, more sun would be lovely.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭armabelle


    Steve F wrote: »
    Fact of life in Ireland is you will get one decent summer about once a decade
    so average life you will get 7 or eight good summers unless you holiday abroad
    The rain is a little warmer here in the summer if that helps tho?

    this is the pinnacle of depressing news for me, going to have to get permit to work remotely or resign pretty soon :( sad because I do like Ireland otherwise


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