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The climate of Ireland
Ireland has a sea climate with mild winters and relatively cold summers. Extremes in temperatures hardly occur. During the summer temperatures hardly rise above 25 degrees Celsius very often. Wintry weather is uncommon along the coastline. Inland chances of frost and snow are higher.

 

Climate information of places and areas in Ireland
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Ireland the following climate information is available:

Cork
Dublin
Galway
Limerick
Mayo County
Waterford
 

Rain
Most of the depressions come via a western current from the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is often the first country to get hit by a rainy depression. This is the reason why Ireland gets more rain than the rest of Europe. This is almost throughout the whole year. However, during the summer long lasting dry periods are not uncommon. This is caused by a high pressure area at the eastern side of Ireland. Warm and dry air comes from the south or south east and travels from France over the Channel.

Storms
The location of Ireland, west of England and west of the European mainland is responsible for strong winds. Chances of fierce winds and storms are quite high in Ireland.

Green and Gray
The western regions of Ireland are the wettest. This is the reason why nature has that impressive green colour. The contrast on gray days in combination with a little bit of sunshine is very special. During these days photographers keep on making shots inspired by the overwhelming sight of nature. However, during the winter weather can get really dreary. Sometimes the sun will not show itself for almost two weeks.

Holiday weather
Ireland is not suitable as a beach destination. The Irish waters are too cold and weather is often too instable. Whoever wants to enjoy nature or the many beautiful cities and villages can visit Ireland the whole year round. Extremes in weather are uncommon and every type of weather shows a beautiful side of this country.

 

Climate figures
Several climate figures and temperatures are available for Ireland. The figures in the table below are figures for the capital Dublin and can be seen as an average for the entire country. Please visit the pages on individual climate information for other places in Ireland.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 8 3 2 19 8
February 8 3 3 17 7
March 10 3 4 15 7
April 12 5 5 17 8
May 15 7 6 16 10
June 18 10 6 15 12
July 19 12 5 14 15
August 19 11 5 16 15
September 17 10 4 16 15
October 14 8 3 18 14
November 10 4 2 17 12
December 9 3 2 18 10
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we monthly offer useful extra climate information. The information below is an average for Ireland, but it should be noted that local deviations may occur. Deviations are determined by the location you are in. North-south, inland-along the coast and your altitude.
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
click here for the explanation of the symbols

 

Disclaimer
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. ďMore climate infoĒ is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, itís up to the reader to use it to itís benefit.

 

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