Thanks to the moderating effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, Ireland’s climate is relatively mild for its latitude, with a mean annual temperature of around 10°C. The temperature drops below freezing only intermittently during winter, and snow is scarce. The coldest months are January and February, when daily temperatures range from 0° to 8°C, with 7°C the average.
In summer temperatures during the day are a comfortable 15° to 20°C, but with an ever present risk of some rain. During the warmest months, July and August, the average is 16°C. A hot summer’s day in Ireland is 22° to 24°C, although it can sometimes reach 30°C. There are about 18 hours of daylight during July and August and is only truly dark after about 11pm.
One thing you can be sure of about Irish weather is how little you can be sure of it. It may be short sleeves and sunglasses in February, but winter woollies in March and it is possible to experience all four seasons in a single day even in summer.
For more information on the current weather in Ireland please visit one of the following sights:
- Met Éireann: http://www.met.ie/
- RTÉ Weather: http://www.rte.ie/weather/
- Irish Times Weather: http://www.irishtimes.com/weather/