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Bright and breezy: Windswept Malin Head records sunniest day of the year

Ireland's most northerly spot took top marks for the sunniest day last year.

On June 2, the normally windswept Malin Head in Co Donegal was bathed in 15.8 hours of unbroken sunshine, according to Met Eireann's annual weather review.

The dullest part of the country was Knock Airport in Co Mayo, which enjoyed an average of three hours of sun a day and had 123 days classed as "dull", meaning it got less than half an hour of sun in a full day.

This compared to the brightest part of the country, Dublin Airport, which had just 78 "dull" days last year.

Met Eireann said that some of the finest weather last year came in late May and June as a high pressure system brought long periods of settled and sunny weather.

But the hottest days did not arrive until the following month, when the highest temperature of 30.4C (86.7F) was recorded at Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon on July 19.

Met Eireann said Ireland had its 17th warmest year since 1900, based on the records from five long-term stations.

The coldest days came in February and November, with the lowest air temperature recorded in Markree, Co Sligo, on November 25 at minus 7.3C (18.9F) and the lowest grass temperature recorded on February 24 at minus 10.4C (13.3F) at Oak Park in Carlow.

Overall, meteorologists reported that Ireland had a slightly drier and milder year than normal, with the wettest conditions during February, mostly across the south of the country.

Valentia Observatory off Co Kerry reported its wettest day since the station opened in 1866 as it was hit by 105.5mm (4.1in) of rain on October 3.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin was the driest part of the country.

Elsewhere, Met Eireann recalled the impact of Storm Imogen, which brought with it the highest average wind speeds of the year when it swept in from the Atlantic on February 8.

Both the year's highest gust and the highest 10-minute mean wind speed were recorded at Sherkin Island off Co Cork as the storm blew in bringing with it gales gusting to 135kph (84mph) and averaging out at 100kph (62mph).

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