Rare “night shining”clouds lit up Kilkenny city skyline

Niall Dollard

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Niall Dollard

In the early hours of June 20, rare noctilucent or “night shining” clouds were clearly visible from the City across the northern horizon writes Niall Dollard of kilkennyweather.com

In the early hours of June 20, rare noctilucent or “night shining” clouds were clearly visible from the City across the northern horizon writes Niall Dollard of kilkennyweather.com

These pale blue clouds are the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and are only visible from Kilkenny during the months of June and July when the setting sun dips below the northern horizon. They are formed mostly near the polar regions and are not connected with our current fine spell.

The fine current spell of weather began on June 11th and there has been no rainfall since then. Met Éireann define an absolute drought as being 15 consective days without rainfall and this could be reached as early as this Wednesday 25th. On Wednesday 18th the temperature peaked at 26.7 C (80 Fahrenheit) in the City and this was the warmest June day since June 2nd 2009, when the exact same temperature value was recorded. There are signs though that more unsettled weather will come along after mid-week. But it will be in the form of showers so there will still be some brighter spells and remain warm.