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St Patrick's Day in Armagh sunniest for 135 years

By Steven Alexander

Published 05/04/2016

Armagh Observatory. Photo by Barry McQueen
Armagh Observatory. Photo by Barry McQueen

St Patrick's Day in the city where the saint founded his church was the sunniest for more than 135 years, according to the Armagh Observatory.

The month was slightly drier, milder and sunnier than usual, meteorologists said.

A total of 117.3 hours of strong sunshine were recorded last month, around 7% more than the long-term average.

The sunniest days were St Patrick's Day on the 17th and the 28th - both with 9.9 hours of strong sunshine.

This was the sunniest St Patrick's Day at Armagh since the Observatory's daily sunshine records began in 1881.

The wettest day was the 25th, with half an inch of rain, although there were more than a dozen days with little or no rain at all.

Total precipitation was 43.9mm (1.73ins) - 79% of the long-term average.

Average temperature was 6.85C (44.3F), roughly 1.1C warmer than the long-term average, but only 0.2C warmer than in recent years.

The warmest days were the 12th and 13th, when the mercury hit 14.2C.

All figures refer to observations taken at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the weather since 1795.

Meanwhile, today is expected to be a much brighter day with some sunny spells and only very isolated light showers, with most areas dry. The maximum temperature is predicted to be 13C.

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