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Climate and Weather

Ireland - Climate and Weather


While Ireland offers many beautiful and outstanding attractions, expats may find the weather and climate in Ireland to be a little bit unfriendly. Irish weather is mostly influenced by its location in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland’s climate is mild and damp with no temperature extremes. The country gets rain for much of the year and the northern portion of the country can be cold and harsh during winter.

Seasons

Ireland experiences four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Seasons are divided into three-month periods based on air temperature.

• March to May - spring
• June to August - summer
• September to November - autumn
• December to February - winter

During spring and summer, Ireland experiences high temperatures ranging from 46 to 54°F. Pleasant weather is recorded in April, especially in cities such as Dublin and Galway. High temperatures between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit are usually recorded during the summer, which occurs from May to July. July and August are the warmest months because they get about 18 hours of daylight and it only gets dark after 11 pm. This is commonly referred to as "a grand stretch in the evenings".

During autumn and winter, temperatures range between 64 and 57°F. A mild, temperate month is the term that climatologists use when referring to September. During winter, January and February are some of the coldest months with inland air temperatures of about 46°F.

Snow is most frequent during January and February but it is not unusual to have snow from November to April. There have been times when it has snowed in May and September. During these periods, the snowfall is usually heavy but the snow melts very fast. In Ireland, snowfall generally lies on the ground for about two days at most. However, in recent times some regions have had times where snow lies on the ground for 10 to 12 days. Due to the corresponding decrease in winter air temperatures, the midlands tend to experience more days with snow cover during winter than other areas.

Most people prefer visiting Ireland during the summer. They are attracted by the long sunny evenings, summer festivals, and parks in full bloom. Some people prefer visiting Ireland during the spring and autumn mid-seasons. The bronze leaves will cover the ground during the autumn and you will find yourself tempted to kick them. Nature comes into full gear during the spring when flowers blossom. Nevertheless, there is nothing more beautiful than to walk through a national park on a clear crisp winter day. With such beauty during all seasons, any time is a perfect time to visit Ireland.

March and April
This is spring, when nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful flora as well as observe migratory birds as they pass through Ireland en route to their nesting sites. Most of the sites will be open to the public since it is during the Easter festivities after the winter holiday. March is usually characterized by St Patrick's Day parades all over the republic of Ireland, including in large cities like Galway and Dublin as well as small towns and villages.

September and October
September is one of the best times to chase rainbows in Ireland, thanks to the combination of showers and the equinox light. Another convenient time to visit Ireland is during Halloween. It is particularly dark at this time of year and many people believe that this is the time when the veil between our world and the other world meets, when fairies and spirits dwell amongst people. Therefore, this would be an ideal time to take a trip to Ireland if you are a ghost or fairy hunter.

October to March

Irish tourism is open for business in the winter, despite what some sources may claim. There are plenty of things to do in every corner of Ireland during winter even though some businesses close or run on limited hours at various points between the end of October and early March. There are many hotels ready to keep you warm and fed all winter long but you will want to double check working hours. Although some accommodations close for the winter, you will still find some that are running.

Clothing

You need to flexible with your choice of clothing when libing in Ireland. Therefore, pack clothes that you can easily put on and take off with the seasons. Be sure to pack waterproof footwear, a rain jacket, and your favorite sweater regardless of the season. The rule of the thumb when packing for a trip to Ireland is to have as many warm and cozy clothes as possible or to pack clothes that you can easily layer.


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