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Hottest and coldest counties in Ireland

  • 09-08-2021 11:08pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7,084 ✭✭✭

    Is there anywhere I can find stats on hottest and coldest counties?

    I know folk say that the “Sunny South East” and Wexford has the most sunshine, but it deffo ain’t the hottest county.

    Are there stats anywhere on hottest and coldest counties?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭pauldry

    Donegal is cold and cloudy

    Inland Southeast warmest like Carlow or Kilkenny but hottest temperatures in last heatwave were in the midlands

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,069 ✭✭✭✭fryup

    i'd say donegal coldest, waterford warmest

  • Registered Users Posts: 955 ✭✭✭Neddyusa

    If you're basing it on current met stations probably Mount Dillon (Roscommon) has the biggest range from average winter lows to average summer highs.

    I'd say Gurteen and Oak Park are two of the other top three in terms of min-max temp range.

    Be interesting to see the stats though - as I'm just guessing!

  • Registered Users Posts: 955 ✭✭✭Neddyusa

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,107 ✭✭✭✭Supercell

    Best climate in Ireland I'd go for Wicklow, fairly sunny, the mountains usually get a bit of snow in winter and can do fairly well inland during any warm spell. Rathdrum always struck me as a decent spot weatherwise there.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,233 ✭✭✭Oneiric 3

    Would say Cavan/Leitem/Monaghan/Longford and that general area are the coldest and also snowiest.

    South midland/mid-western areas warmest in summer.

    Donegal windiest. east midlands/Dublin driest. Kerry, W Clare & W Mayo wettest. Mayo/Connemara/mid-west most thundery & Wicklow/Wexford/Waterford most sunniest. N Kerry up to Donegal the dullest.

    New Moon

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,534 ✭✭✭davehey79

    Do you have any charts etc. on this. Not doubting it only that i live in Longford and yeah it can be cold but defo not snowiest !

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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,882 ✭✭✭✭breezy1985

    Limerick junction in Tipperary is the coldest windiest place in Ireland

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,716 ✭✭✭passatman86

    Kerry must be the wettest, whenever im in kerry its raining.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,233 ✭✭✭Oneiric 3

    I'm not convinced that living on the coast is the place to be for warmth. Yes, temperatures may be higher along the coast lines in winter that they would be inland for example, it because of the increased wind, it will feel just as cold, if not colder than it would inland where temps may be several degrees cooler. I've lived by the sea and I have lived inland and I find this to be true.

    New Moon

  • Registered Users Posts: 521 ✭✭✭Goldfinch8

    Really appreciate the effort that you have put into this Sryan. Makes for a most interesting read and analysis. It will be great to have this county by county database to hand for future study and to make further comparisons. Thanks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,219 ✭✭✭Gaoth Laidir

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    Fantastic work! interesting that Westmeath, a very inland county is the only county not to burst 30c... yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,067 ✭✭✭✭M.T. Cranium

    All I could add to this discussion is that month after month when I calculate the "IMT" for our contests, my habit is to look at the five stations in the order of Claremorris, Mullingar, Casement, Oak Park and Shannon and it's usually the case that the mean temperature rises steadily from the start to the end of that circuit, although Mullingar-Casement more likely to be even. Shannon is quite often a full degree warmer than Oak Park.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,101 ✭✭✭✭Rikand

    Weather station near athlone needed. Would easily be over the 30° :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    I'm guessing that Westmeath is such a flat county that there are no local fohn effects in play to help rise temperatures into the 30s on the warmer summer days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,275 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen

    As promised, here is now a big table containing the minimum temperature records for every Irish county using the data available at hand. As with the maximum temperature records one previously posted, there may have been some values I have missed for counties due to data not being available at hand such as Mostrim (Longford) and Clongowes Wood College (Kildare) and any values from such stations I do have were referenced or mentioned in an article or issue somewhere. If a row has only a year, the exact date is unknown.

    This one was trickier to compile also due to the quantity of false values or reading that do not go along with the pattern of that given day or seem a complete outlier when compared with other stations' observations on the same day. I tried the best I could to exclude these readings.

    Again I have no idea why the quality of the table image is poor when I embed it/upload into Boards.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday all :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    @sryanbruen I wonder is it possible to save it as a PDF and upload... Excel and Word should allow you Save File As... and change to PDF in the Filetype menu!

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,275 ✭✭✭✭sryanbruen

    Tables are far too big, looks a mess when one attempts to save them as PDFs. An online page of an embedded table is the best solution as far as I can see.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,627 ✭✭✭cute geoge

    I live in north kerry bleak area near the sea and some winters get few enouh frosts but by god the breeeze chill is fuken skinning from november to april .I have had neighbours in the yard who could not belive it was so cold compared to their own places up the road