Wettest December in 130 years recorded at Malin Head

Banba's Crown at Malin Head, pictured on a much sunnier and drier day.
Banba's Crown at Malin Head, pictured on a much sunnier and drier day.
  • Met Eireann’s weather report for December shows it was ‘wet and warm’ at all its weather stations
  • Malin Head recorded its wettest December since 1885
  • The station also recorded the month’s highest temperature

Malin Head Weather Station last month recorded its wettest December in 130 years, its wettest day for any month since 1955 and its highest December temperature in 60 years,

The figures were confirmed in Met Eireann’s weather report for December 2015, in which they state it was extremely wet and warm everywhere, with double or triple the normal rainfall in all parts of the country.

In Malin Head, 273mm of rain fell in the month, which was 235% of its Long Term Average, making it the wettest December recorded there since 1885. The country’s wettest day was recorded at Malin Head on 5th December, with 80.7mm. This was the wettest day recorded at the station for any month in 50 years.

The majority of stations across the country recorded their wettest December on record, with Roches’ Point recording the highest percentage of LTA with 342% (340.6mm), its wettest December since 1955.

Temperature wise, all mean temperatures were well above their LTAs for the month, with Phoenix Park in Dublin recording its warmest December since records began at the site in 1855. Again, the month’s highest temperature was recorded at Malin Head on December 17th at 16.0°C, its highest December temperature in sixty years. Most lowest minima were recorded on the 13th, 27th and 31st with the month’s lowest temperature reported at Markree on the 13th with -3.1°C.

The highest daily sunshine was 5.5 hours, recorded at Shannon Airport on the 21st.

Met Eireann said that over half of stations had their highest monthly wind speeds in six to 28 years with Valentia Observatory and Shannon Airport both reporting their windiest December in 41 years with monthly mean wind speeds of 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h) and 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h), respectively. Four days reported storm force winds with three named winter storms occurring; Storm Desmond (4th and 5th), Storm Eva (23rd), Storm Frank (29th and 30th). The month’s highest gust was 73 knots (135 km/h) at Belmullet on the 23rd, its highest December gust since 2002. The highest 10-minute wind speed was 55 knots (102 km/h) at Sherkin Island, Co Cork on the 30th.

You can read the full report and Met Eireann’s weather report for all of 2015 at http://www.met.ie/climate/monthly-weather-reports.asp