June 2016 was warmer than normal nationwide – Met Eireann

June 2016 was warmer than normal everywhere with Belmullet experiencing the warmest June since 1956, according to Met Eireann.

For the month of June, all mean air temperatures were above their Long-Term Average (LTA), with differences from average over 1 degree Celsius in parts of the northwest, west, south, midlands and east.

Deviations from LTA ranging from 0.4 degrees at Sherkin Island, Co. Cork (mean temperature of 14.4 degrees) to 1.7 degrees at Knock Airport, Co Mayo (mean temperature of 13.9 degrees), its warmest June since 2009.

Over three-quarters of stations reported it was their warmest June in six or seven years, according to Met Eireann, with exception of Belmullet, Co Mayo which had its warmest June on record since the station opened in 1956 with a mean temperature of 14.7 degrees.

The stations highest maximum temperature of 23.1 degrees was reported on June 8 was its highest for June since 2009.

The lowest air and grass minima were mostly all reported on June 1 or 3, while the month’s lowest air and grass minimum temperature were reported on June 3 in Dublin Airport.

It reported the lowest air temperature of 2.5 degrees, while Mountdillon, Co. Roscommon reported the lowest grass temperature of -1.9 degrees, its lowest for June in six years.

A third of stations reported ground frost during the month, with up to two days recorded (June 1 and 3).

Rainfall: Variable across the country

Met Eireann has said that occasional heavy showers in places lead to variable percentage of LTA rainfall values being recorded in June.

Below average rainfall was reported in parts of the south while well above average rainfall values were recorded in parts of the east, midlands and northwest.

Percentage of LTAs were lowest at some stations in the Cork area with both Cork Airport and Sherkin island reporting the lowest monthly percentage of LTAs with 81% and 82% respectively with 65.6 mm and 61.5 mm of rain.

The highest percentage of LTA rainfall of 178% was reported at Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin with 111.4mm.

The wettest days of the month were mainly June 13, 14, 19, 28 and 30 with the month’s highest daily rainfall reported at Markree, Co. Sligo on the 13th with 33.5mm.

Mullingar reported June’s second highest daily rainfall with 33.2mm on the June 14, its wettest June day since 2007.

The number of wet days ranged from nine at both Dublin Airport and Roche’s Point, Co. Cork to 19 at Athenry, Co. Galway.

Windiest conditions reported in the southwest

Monthly mean wind speeds for June ranged from 4.6 knots (8.5 km/h) at Mullingar, Co Westmeath to 11.3 knots
(20.1 km/h) at Mace Head, Co. Galway.

No gale force winds were reported with both the month’s highest 10-minute mean wind speed and month’s highest gust recorded at Sherkin Island on June 13, with 29 knots (54 km/h) and 38 knots (70 km/h), respectively.