Northern Ireland weather: Wettest July on record

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Northern Eire has had its wettest July on report, with figures going again to 1836, in line with the Met Workplace.

Provisional figures present greater than double the traditional quantity of rain fell through the month, with 185.4mm recorded.

The earlier report was 185.2mm, set again in July 1936.

It’s going to come as no nice shock to listen to that July 2023 was moist, and exceptionally moist, in elements of Northern Eire.

Rainfall data had been additionally damaged at particular person climate stations, together with at Castlederg, in County Tyrone, which recorded about two and a half occasions its regular quantity of rainfall for the month.

Loads of that fell when heavy and protracted rain triggered flooding within the County Tyrone city, in addition to elements of County Donegal, within the Republic of Eire, on 23 July.

Seven different stations additionally recorded their wettest July on report in all six counties.

Rainfall totals in mm recorded at official rain gauges:

  • Castlederg, County Tyrone 219.4 – Wettest

  • Magilligan, County Londonderry 174.8 – Wettest

  • Lough Fea, County Tyrone 217 – Wettest

  • Portglenone, County Antrim 187.2 – Wettest

  • Thomastown, County Fermanagh 213.2 – Wettest

  • Derrylin, County Fermanagh 204.6 – Wettest

  • Aldergrove, County Antrim 129 – Second wettest

  • Glenanne, County Armagh 163.2 – Wettest

  • Katesbridge, County Down 131.8 – Second wettest

  • Killowen, County Down 159.8 – Wettest

  • Killylane, County Antrim 191.6 – Second wettest

The Republic of Eire in the meantime appears set to verify its wettest July on report, with figures going again to 1940, in line with Met √Čireann.

The nation recorded 4 occasions the quantity of rain it had in July 2022, and greater than twice the rainfall seen in July 2021.

In truth, over the previous 12 months Eire has had its wettest October, March, and now seemingly July on report.

Why have we had such a poor July when all we preserve listening to about is local weather change and record-breaking temperatures elsewhere in Europe, North America and elements of Asia?

It is very important do not forget that local weather change is world and is an general pattern over a interval, not only one month in a single yr in a single a part of the globe.

Why has it been such a wet summer time?

The place of the jet stream has been essential to July’s climate throughout the UK and Eire.

It’s a quick flowing present of air, about six miles above the earth, driving low strain methods from west to east throughout the Atlantic, giving us the unsettled climate.

Once we get kinks within the jet stream, it will possibly resemble an Oxbow Lake – assume Eastenders and the river Thames in London with peaks and troughs.

The UK and Eire have been caught in one in every of these troughs all through a lot of the month with the jet stream caught to the south of us.

That successfully blocked hotter and extra settled climate from transferring north which is typical in the summertime months.

As a substitute, it has stored cooler and extra unsettled climate coming our manner from the north Atlantic.

Unsurprisingly it was additionally a really boring July with simply 70% regular sunshine.

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