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Spring 'was coldest for 62 years'

Parts of Ireland endured the coldest spring in 62 years, new data has revealed.

Temperatures plummeted as low as minus 7.6C (18.3F) at Markree, Co Sligo, in March, which was the coldest month of the season. The figures from Met Eireann revealed it was also one of the dullest and windiest springs in recent years.

"Winds were higher than normal for spring, with above average wind speeds recorded in most parts during March and April, and in parts of the south during May," said the national weather service's spring summary.

It said: "Wind speeds were the highest in five to 27 years across the country, with the season's highest gust of 65 knots (120 km/h) at Mace Head on April 15."

The Met Eireann data, compiled from its weather stations across the country, showed mean temperatures ranging from 5.9C (42.6F) at Knock Airport, Co Mayo, to 8.4C (47.1F) at Sherkin Island, off Co Cork.

The weather station at Dublin Airport reported its coldest spring since 1951 while Casement Aerodrome, also in Co Dublin, endured average temperatures of 6.7C (44F) - the coldest since the station opened 47 years ago.

The majority of remaining weather stations recorded their coldest spring in 15 to 34 years. Almost all of them across the country recorded the coldest May in 17 years.

Sunshine totals were below average almost everywhere, with some stations reporting it as their dullest spring in 14 years.

Western parts of the country recorded the most sun throughout spring, with Shannon Airport totting up nearly 470 hours of sunshine. This compared with just 384 hours recorded in the east of the country at Casement Aerodrome. Cork, in the south west, had the sunniest day with nearly 15 hours of sunshine on May 23.

While it was broadly colder, duller and windier than usual across the country, rainfall levels were below average - particularly in parts of the midlands, the west and south east.

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