Irish weather can be unpredictable, so we like to discuss it, a lot!! It’s often said that in Ireland you get four seasons in one day.
Ireland’s climate is mostly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it does not have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius.
A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean.
So while the weather can be changeable – it’s rarely extreme.
Ireland In The Summer (Samhraidh)
During the summer months, rainfall is generally quite light and doesn’t last for too long. The warmest months are July and August. They have about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11 pm. In summer there can be surprisingly warm weather, on occasion temperatures can get up to 25- 30ºC (75-85ºF). 99’s, the beach, farmers tans, barbecues, sunburns, hay-fevers, beer gardens and paddling pools are all characteristics of an Irish summer but the best part of an Irish summer is the sunsets and sunrises. The summer months are considered high season for visitors. They come for the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and eating al fresco in cafés. Of course in summer, there are festivals around every corner.
Ireland In The Spring (Earrach)
The first day of Spring is St. Brigid’s Day on the first of February. Spring time in Ireland is particularly beautiful, flowers start to bloom, little lambs are born the evenings start to grow longer as we say goodbye to winter. Spring weather in Ireland can be cold and the ground is dry. The weather is very pleasant and the temperature often warms up as the day goes on. Vibrant yellow daffodils can be seen growing all over the Irish terrain during spring. St. Patrick’s day also takes place in spring on the 17th of March.
Ireland In The Autumn (Fhómhair)
In autumn, highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month. There’s a lot to be said for the Irish countryside in the autumn, as the land prepares itself for the winter months. Nature walks are really beautiful this time of the year as the leaves turn brown and crunch under your feet. Vivid reds, oranges and golds, which pop against the seemingly eternal verdant landscape set Ireland aside from other countries during this time of the year. There is so much to do in Ireland in the autumn, there are lots of festivals and many attractions for children, not to mention Halloween which the Irish actually created.
Ireland In The Winter (Gheimhridh)
The temperature rarely goes below 8 degrees Celsius or 46 Fahrenheit. Most days would be closer to 10 degrees 50 Fahrenheit. However, occasionally the temperature will drop to 0 Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit but this is quite unusual. And we may get some days of 14 degrees Celsius or 57 Fahrenheit even in December or January. Ireland rarely get rain that lasts too long, and always get a break in the weather to get out. Many Irish winters are free from major snowstorms, but because of its infrequent and irregular occurrence, snow in large quantities causes serious disruption. It can completely disrupt traffic, close airports and seriously damage overhead power lines and communication lines. However the daylight hours can be very limited, Ireland is quite far north (more in line with Anchorage, Alaska), so days start off with only about 7.5 hours of daylight, compared to the summer months which have about 17 hours of light.
A weather-friendly wardrobe
Wondering what to bring? You’ll need to be adaptable. Go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes. Bring a sweater/jumper, even in the summer time, bring waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities. Sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are a must!
Don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t need sunscreen in the summer months, when the sun shines in Ireland it’s quite strong, so wear a high factor and bring a sunhat. Short-term forecasts are view-able at Met Éireann.
It does rain in Ireland, but long bouts of rain are pretty rare. So, you can either put on suitable clothes, or duck into a nice cosy pub to wait out the shower.