Weather records galore in Kilkenny

It will come as no surprise that December was one of the coldest on record in Kilkenny.

It will come as no surprise that December was one of the coldest on record in Kilkenny.

It dropped to a shivering -12.1 degrees centigrade on Christmas Day in Kilkenny city (the lowest ever) while a week earlier it dropped to -16.4C in Mount Juliet, Thomastown, a short-lived national record which was eclipsed a few days later in County Donegal.

The lowest temperature ever in Kilkenny for November since records began over 100 years ago was also recorded on November 29 when it hit -9.6C.

Intriguingly, a sharp ground frost covered the city on August 30 with temperatures dipping to -3.5 at grass level, the coldest in the country in August - another record.

Last year, 2010, began and ended with some very cold weather for the city and county. Spring was a bit slow to start but by late Spring and early summer, Kilkenny experienced its warmest weather, with the highest temperature of the year (25.6 C) being recorded on Sunday, May 23.

The summer was quite mixed, as has become the norm over the past four years. July was dull and wet but ended with a fine, dry spell which continued into August and there were some pleasant days right up to October. But the cold returned with a vengance in November and December ensuring that Kilkenny had its coldest annual temperature since 1986. The rainfall total for the year was 854mm - just slightly ahead of normal. And snow is on the way again with the long term forecast for heavy falls over the weekend.

All the information for this article was gleaned from Niall Dullard's excellent website: www.kilkennyweather.com