Warm at the start of the month, but wetter and winder towards the end
It was the warmest October at Malin Head this year for six years, new figures from Met Éireann have revealed.
The average amount of rainfall in the peninsula is also down this in comparison with the past number of years, with the exception of 2010, when the amount of rainfall was exceptionally low.
The average temperature this October was 12.1 degrees Celsius, while last year the temperature was 9.7 degrees for the same month.
The warmest day of the month came at the start of the month on October 6 when there was a maximum temperature of 19.2 degrees Celsius, which was recorded at 3pm. Also that day there was no rainfall at all recorded at the weather station in Malin and the average wind speed was 15.8 knots, which is described as a ‘moderate breeze’.
However despite the highs of 19 degrees being recorded at the start of the month, towards the end of October there was much disimprovement in weather conditions.
October 25 saw the peninsula’s wettest day with 19.6mm of rainfall recorded at the weather station, with a maximum temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius. Gale force gusts of 36 knots were also recorded at Malin Head that day.
The windiest day of year was on Halloween, October 31, when storm force gusts of up to 50 knots were recorded.
In fact the weather stats revealed that the end of the month was particularly windy with gale force winds recorded throughout the last week of October. Strong gales were recorded on October 29 and 30, while ordinary gales were recorded in Malin Head from October 23 – October 26.
The weather stats show that October was the second wettest month in the peninsula so far this year, behind January.