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The Weather

In Ireland

The dominant influence on Ireland's climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude.  Average annual temperature is about 9°C. In the middle and east of the country temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, summer mean daily maximum is about 19°C and winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5°C in these areas.

Mean annual windspeed varies between about 4 m/sec in the east midlands and 7 m/sec in the northwest. Strong winds tend to be more frequent in winter than in summer. Sunshine duration is highest in the southeast of the country.  Most of the eastern half of the country has between 750 and 1000 millimetres (mm) of rainfall in the year. Rainfall in the west generally averages between 1000 and 1250 mm. In many mountainous districts rainfall exceeds 2000mm per year. The wettest months, almost everywhere are December and January. April is the driest month generally but in many southern parts, June is the driest. For information on Irish weather today and a forecast for the week see link below


 In Killarney

Although the brochures will all show sunny vistas it would be misleading to describe any part of Ireland as having a beautiful climate all of the time. Moderated by the gulf stream from the Atlantic ‘all the seasons in a day‘ would be more accurate way of describing conditions in Killarney that said the weather in Kerry is almost as good as it gets in Ireland. My advice is to prepare for the worst and be pleasantly surprised by the Kerry you find, rain or shine. Chances are you’ll get a generous variety of weather during your visit. As Killarney is a mountainous area close to the Atlantic make sure that you are prepared for rain. Have a good pair of walking boots, raincoat, hat, scarf and gloves to hand even in the summer. Remember: there is no such thing as bad weather in Killarney only the wrong clothes!

The best source of weather information is the Irish meteoroligical service Met Éireann who provide detailed forecasts, rain radar and can even send forecasts straight to your mobile/cell phone. The following images (updated daily) are thanks to Met Éireann:

A Source of Conversation!

Whatever the weather be prepared to discuss it with everyone you meet; its a national pastime and often the ice-breaker in conversations. Here’s a short glossary of expressions: pissing, lashing, spitting, pelting, pouring, bucketing, soft day thank god, damp auld day, misty, rotten, dirty, soaked, drenched, saturated…” and so on, and on, until the rain stops. As the saying goes ‘if you don’t like the weather in Ireland, just wait 15 minutes!