Ireland weather is classified as temperate oceanic, with pleasant warm days filled with abundant amounts of sunshine. Temperatures remain moderate throughout the year. Due to Ireland’s positioning along the Atlantic Ocean, the country is warmed by the Gulf Stream all year round, and as a direct result of that Ireland weather enjoys temperatures that are neither too hot, nor too cold.
Weather in Ireland is at its brightest during May and June when average daily sunshine is at between 5 and 6 ½ hours over most of the country. In the southeast coast early summer patterns are typified if abundant sunshine, which peaks at over 7 hours per day. On the other hand, Northern Ireland receives around 3 ½ hours daily sunshine, with December being the dullest month only getting 1 hour daily sunlight on average, while the southeast coast receives almost 2 hours per day of sun. Another notable feature of Ireland weather is the almost permanent feature of clouds that hover over the country for the largest part of the year.
Ireland weather during summer is embellished by an abundance of warm sunny days; daylight during the summer can extend well into the late evenings. Daily average temperatures rise to between 12.3 °C to 15.7 °C, and on occasion mercury can soar to 29 °C, a phenomenon that occurs during most summers. Abundant amounts or rainfall are experienced during summer and are a direct result of storms blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean without warning. Sunshine is interrupted by soft showers that last for only a little before the sun reappears producing spectacular rainbows.
Ireland weather in winter is predominantly mild with daily average temperatures reaching between 4.0 °C to 10 °C. Although occasionally freezing conditions occur in winter causing temperatures to plummet to −5 °C, it is an extremely uncommon occurrence. Further inland, temperature conditions are cooler than on the coast. Snowfall is uncommon around the lowlands and on the coast, but a regular snowfall of about 30 days out of the year is common on the hillsides and mountainous regions. Snow blanketing does not last past the winter months of December, January, and February and some winters experience no snow at all.
Hail can occasionally happen without warning anytime of the year, just like thunder storms in late summer.
Ireland weather experiences abundant amounts of precipitation which occur most frequently in the summer months. Rainfall is common in all regions of Ireland; the wettest months are December and January. Precipitation comes in from the Atlantic frontal systems and traveling toward the northeast of the country. The west coast of Ireland receives up to at least four times more precipitation than the east coast. Rainfall levels in the east are between 750 and 1,000 mm annually, the west experiencing amounts between 1,000 and 1,250 mm annually. In the mountainous areas rainfall levels surpass 2,000 mm per year. Just after autumn, farmers are inundated with heavy rainfalls causing flooding and crop damage.
Inland areas experience less wind than the coastal areas, the west coast is windier than the east coast.
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