Rain, rain and more rain

It will not come as much of a surprise to people living in or visiting the emerald isle, but Ireland is officially suffering one of the wettest months of August in living memory.

New figures from Met Éireann show rainfall levels at Dublin Airport have already reached 177.7mm, significantlty breaking the 22-year-old record of 158.7mm.

With 13 more days to go in the month predictions are that it will at least triple the August average of 71.1mm

Shannon Airport (156.2mm) and Birr, Co Offaly (144.4mm) are also way over their August averages of 82.4mm and 78mm respectively.

Cork Airport has recorded 112.6mm of rain which is a full 25% above the average of 89.9mm and gaining.

However, Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, is just 1mm over its average at 92.6mm.

The onslaught of downpours this summer largely mirrors the weather of summer 2007. Last year’s rainfall figures for August were also generally above average.

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