Burren landscape, near Corkscrew Hill, Co. Clare    © Todd Parker

Outbreaks of sunshine in an otherwise showery day. Co. Mayo   ©Todd Parker

Ireland

Weather

Ireland is, rightly or wrongly, renowned for its bountiful rain. While certainly there’s a reason for Ireland’s famed green hills, contrary to legend the country enjoys four distinct seasons. Ireland enjoys a mild, maritime climate. Though Northern latitude of 51 degrees (roughly equal to that of Juneau, Alaska) tempered by the warming influences of the North Atlantic current. Summers are mild and temperate, with temperatures ranging from 16-24 degrees Celsius. In wintertime, the temperature rarely drops below freezing, Daytime highs will range between 5-14 degrees, though it can feel quite cold because of frequent rain and northerly wind. Springtime comes by mid February and extends into May, bringing frequent showers broken by outbreaks of sun. While autumn is marked by dramatic wind and rain “events.”

As a basic yardstick the following is a seasonal breakdown of what to expect:

November to February- These months from late fall through early spring are cool and wet. November is often the most blustery of months, with dramatic windstorms and frequent rains. Near the Solstice days become noticeably short, limiting time for sight seeing and outdoor pursuits. For the traveler this is the off-season. You’ll have the place to yourself, but in the remote regions, many B&B’s and restaurants are closed. It’s a good time of year to cozy into a pub or café, concentrate on cultural attractions. Maybe catch a trad session and experience the country from a local’s perspective.

March – May     By St. Patrick’s Day spring has sprung (or showing such signs). Rain persists, but warming temperatures (8-15 degrees) make such showers more tolerable. From mid April through May, many visitors regard to be the best time to visit Ireland. Temperatures moderate and rain showers, though prominent, are frequently interrupted by outbreaks of sunshine and rainbows. Its not so crowded. Most everything is open by Easter, and rates for travel and accommodation are often lower

July-August:     Summer months are the busy season for travel in Ireland. Prices a bit higher but you’ll tend to experience the best weather. Temperatures are mild and, at times even warm, with average highs ranging from 18 – 24 degrees. Roll the dice, as some summers are better than others. It could be gorgeous, sunny and warm, or showery. But days are long and there’s plenty of time to enjoy yourself in the outdoors.

September to October:     Weather wise these are transition months, when summer fades and autumn arrives with full force. Temperatures cool, days become shorter, and rains become more frequent. Still it remains a fine time for traveling to Ireland. Prices come down along with the number of tourists. And most places remain open through October.

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Remember: `There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing`